Lance Lawson left and Brad Gilmer partners in Lamp G Farms were among 33 farmers who were allowed to spray XtendiMax over the top of Roundup Ready 2 Xtend soybeans in 2016

Lance Lawson, left, and Brad Gilmer, partners in L& G Farms, were among 33 farmers who were allowed to spray XtendiMax over the top of Roundup Ready 2 Xtend soybeans in 2016.

Large body of basic research looking for an application

Government and private investors have poured billions of dollars into basic research over the last 20 years, creating a body of knowledge that is waiting to be taken to the next level, a Cornell University professor says.

Scientists have made an amazing amount of discoveries through basic research projects in the last 20 years.

Susan McCouch, professor in the Department of Plant Breeding and Genetics at Cornell University, says it’s time to take the next step – applying those discoveries to improving crop production.

Dr. McCouch, who was a member of the team that developed the first molecular map for rice, said members of her audience at the LSU Rice Research Station Field Day will help make many of those applications.

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