Issue Date: November 8, 2010
Early every spring, farmers drop tasty, expensive seeds into furrows of damp, cold soil. Hungry insects and famished fungi await this gift from above, often chowing down before the seeds even have a chance to germinate.
When seeds get eaten, or tiny sprouts wither from fungal invasion, the promise of today’s pricey genetic traits goes unfulfilled. To wait until the climate is more forgiving means a shorter growing season, which in colder climates can be . . .
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