EAST LANSING, Mich. — The use of biotechnology varieties in corn decreased 1 percentage point in Indiana in 2020, according to the USDA NASS, Great Lakes Regional Office. Biotechnology varieties accounted for 86 percent of the corn acres planted in Indiana, down from 87 percent in 2019. Stacked genes were used on 74 percent of Indiana corn acres in 2020, compared to 76 percent last year.
Herbicide-resistant variety use remained steady at 9 percent of corn acres, while the use of insect-resistant (Bt) varieties increased to 3 percent in 2020, compared to 2 percent in 2019.
Soybean plantings in Indiana included 93 percent biotechnology varieties, unchanged from a year earlier.
Nationally, biotechnology varieties for corn totaled 92 percent of the acres planted, unchanged from 2019. Soybean acreage planted to biotech varieties was also unchanged at 94 percent.
— USDA National Agricultural Statistics Service
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