Extension Ag Update
December 2008
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Ag Facts

Adoption of Herbicide-tolerant (HT) crops in 2008

  • 92 percent of soybean acreage
  • 63 percent of U.S. corn acreage
  • 68 percent of cotton acreage

Adoption of Insect-resistant (Bt) crops in 2008

  • 63 percent of U.S. cotton acreage
  • 57 percent of U.S. corn acreage

Adoption of crop varieties with more than one GE trait (stacked traits) in 2008

  • 40 percent of U.S. corn acreage
  • 45 percent of cotton acreage 

Worldwide, more than 280 million acres of GE crops with HT and/or Bt traits were planted in 23 countries in 2007, with the U.S. accounting for about 50 percent. Argentina, Brazil, Canada, India, China, Paraguay, and South Africa accounted for about 49 percent.

SOURCE: www.ers.usda.gov/AmberWaves/September08/Findings/GECrops.htm