As a result of technology developments, seed and equipment manufacturers have expressed confidence that the rate of growth in yield can double over the next 10 years. Although technology is constantly improving, the only feasible way of accomplishing this goal will be to nearly double the rate of plant population growth.
“The burden ultimately lies with farm input and machinery companies being able to demonstrate the positive economic returns of a steeper investment in costs and educate farmers to optimize production practices under much denser conditions,” says Liddell.
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