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Growing Corn

In warm-weather climates, corn can be grown year-round. Here in Minnesota, it is planted during April and May, and harvested in October and early November. The harvest is done with a large combine. The combine removes the ear of corn from the husk and separates the kernels from the cob. After harvest, corn is usually dried and sold to a grain elevator, ethanol plant, or corn processing plant.

93% of field corn grown in Minnesota uses biotechnology. Do you know what biotechnology is? It’s a branch of science. Scientists use it to look at the genes in plants and make changes to them. The changes made can help plants be more resistant to insects and disease, which makes them easier to grow. They can also help plants adapt to different environments so they may be grown more places. It is also possible to add more nutrition to some plants, to make them even healthier to eat.