The US planted soyabean acreage decreased slightly in 2018, while the share of genetically modified (GM) beans stayed steady, according to the US Department of Agriculture (USDA).

In 2018, the US soyabean planted area was estimated at 89.6M acres (36.2M ha) – down 1% from 2017 – of which 94% was made up of GM herbicide resistant seed varieties totaling 84.1M acres (34M ha), the USDA said in a 29 June report.

Missouri saw the strongest growth in the GM share, which went up by four percentage points to 91%, followed by Nebraska where the GM share grew by two points to 96%. In all other states, changes in the percentage either up or down were at most 1%.

Mississippi had the highest percentage of GM soya at 99%, while Missouri and Ohio had the lowest at 91%.

The total planted sunflower area grew from 1.3M to 1.4M acres (526,000 to 566,500ha), the canola area stayed the same, and the flaxseed area shrunk from 272,000 to 160,000 acres (110,000 to 64,750ha).

The US corn area, like soyabean, was down 1% from last year at 81.8M acres (33.1M ha), of which 92% consisted of GM varieties, unchanged from last year.