CORN GROWERS will celebrate a major milestone as the 2005 planting season begins in the spring. The upcoming season marks the 10th year in which biotech hybrids have been commercially available to U.S. farmers, according to the National Corn Growers Association.

In 1996, growers planted biotech corn on just 4% of total U.S. corn acreage, according to the USDA. In contrast, producers planted biotech seed on 45% of corn acres in 2004. If 2005 plantings support the five-year trend, biotech hybrids will account for approximately half of total U.S. corn acres in the coming year.