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Chemical Reduction

posted on May 25, 2001

Reducing chemicals and growing corn…

Pesticide use in Nebraska's corn fields has been cut in half. According to a report from the Nebraska Agricultural Statistics Service, corn farmers in the state have cut pesticide application from two-point-six million pounds in 1996 to one-point-three million pounds in 2000.

It is unclear what caused the reduction. Theories include financial belt-tightening, reduction in acres planted to corn, and increased use of genetically altered corn varieties which produce their own pesticide.

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