Non-GMO corn yields well in trials

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Corn hybrid trials in Illinois have been harvested, and results are showing Non-GMO corn hybrids performing as well or better than GMO corn hybrids, according to a news release from Spectrum Premium Non-GMO seed company.

The Spectrum non-GMO hybrids used in University of Illinois testing cited by Spectrum produced three to 10 more bushels per acre when compared to nationally known GMO corn hybrids. Trial details for the northern region of Illinois can be seen at

“These regional data summaries are evidence that farmers now have the opportunity to lower input costs and effectively increase profitability with the use of Non-GMO corn hybrids,” according to Spectrum. What is not clarified in the news release is the cost of planting a non-GMO hybrid if insecticides are needed to control rootworms or corn borers.   

"In addition to competitive yield performance, our aim is to exceed seed purity demands from grain producers as well as grain users across the country who are trying to reach a fast growing consumer market for food products derived from non-GMO sources," said company Sales Manager Roger Rudolph.

Spectrum Premium Non-GMO is an independent brand of genetically improved corn seed sold in 38 states. The company is based in Linden, Ind., and was founded by Scott Odle. He claims the company has hybrid genetics completely different than those of major seed companies.

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Bob Winnson    
CA  |  November, 22, 2013 at 01:00 PM

Any trial data such as at the link (can you make that active please?) should always include treatment data, which would indicate how much of what kind of soil insecticide and other insecticides were used. Then one could make an apples to apples comparison. Maybe someone at Spectrum or the University of Illinois will see this article and comment and include that-please.

IN  |  November, 26, 2013 at 10:17 AM

Thank you for your reply. The seed treatment used was CruiserMaxx 250 The trials can be viewed on the spectrum seed site as well as the University of Illinois Crop Testing at

Bob Winnson    
CA  |  November, 22, 2013 at 01:05 PM

As well, the University of Illinois needs to include how they got all these yields of 230-250+, in a year when planting was delayed/flooded and there was no moisture in the summer. Was this with some kind of irrigation practice? Was there a "control" group that was not irrigated, and did the same kind of yield bump occur? The current plot results as presented are not useful to the average farmer. Too many questions.

November, 22, 2013 at 01:39 PM

And as an added bonus, Non-GM corn doesn't get declined for export either! China rejects US corn cargo

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