Thursday, October 21, 2010

CHINESE DELEGATION VISITS IL CORN

Illinois Corn hosted twelve Chinese academia today who had questions about corn production in Illinois and about our agricultural technologies for producing corn.

On the fact finding mission, the group asked questions about machinery, planting techniques, conservation tillage, and others because they use different methods of agriculture than what we do in the US. Their techniques are about 30 years behind our techniques.

A few highlights: 
  • These twelve men were from maize research institutes and academia in china
  • Sharing information with them is a valuable exercise because when we provide them data about our cropping techniques, we get to ask them questions about their techniques as well.
  • In a competitive global market, it’s important to know what other countries are doing and speculate how much corn they can grow because the US might be able to provide the shortfall.
  • In particular, Illinois is well poised to take advantage of any shortfall in Chinese corn because of our position on the river system and our transportation advantages.
For more information on Illinois Corn’s activities regarding export promotion or trade missions, please visit our website at http://www.ilcorn.org/ or email Phil Thornton at pthornton@ilcorn.org.

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