Cracking the Corn Code: A recent breakthrough could mean bigger yields for growers

As harvest pushes on, there is one thing every farmer has on their mind: how big of a yield they will get this year.

Researchers at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln say they have completed the last piece of the puzzle they hope can give a significant boost to corn crops.

They have completed the sequencing of the entire corn genome. It is a project that started more than 15 years ago. The ultimate goal is to develop corn hybrids that can survive in fields years from now when growing conditions are vastly different. However, it is not just corn that got decoded as they were able to map sorghum as well.

Experts say with these two crops fully mapped, they are now able to get more answers to ultimately help the American grower.

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