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Crop Biotech Update

Australian Farmers Planting More GM Canola

July 1, 2015

Farmers in Australia are increasingly turning to GM technology to improve yields and on-farm weed management, according to Nick Goddard, the executive director of the Australian Oilseeds Federation. Speaking at the Future Farming Forum in Adelaide on June 22, 2015, where GM technologies were discussed, Mr. Goddard said that since Western Australia started growing GM canola in 2010, the uptake has been phenomenal. "It fits so well into their farming systems and their weed management programs," Mr. Goddard added.

GM crops are grown in Victoria, New South Wales, and Western Australia. According to Monsanto Australia, about 13 percent of canola grown in Victoria this year will be Roundup Ready, 11 percent in New South Wales, and 30 percent in Western Australia.

For more details, read the news article in Stock Journal.