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Beyond the Rows is a Monsanto Company blog focused on one of the world’s most important industries, agriculture. Monsanto employees write about Monsanto’s business, the agriculture industry, and the farmer.
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Monsanto Statement on Reports Alleging Illegal Dicamba Use

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by Miriam Paris, U.S. Soybean Marketing Manager

At Monsanto, we focus on bringing farmers a broad range of solutions to help them sustainably grow their crops. Increasingly, our aim is to develop solutions that are integrated and complementary. We are working in the areas of plant breeding, biotechnology, data science and chemistry to bring farmers products and services that work together as a system to help farmers achieve their best possible harvest.

Earlier this year, we introduced part of a new system for soybeans called Roundup Ready 2 Xtend®, after a similar launch for cotton in 2015 that was successful. … Full Article »

Bringing a Business Perspective to the Agriculture World

By Richard M., Commercial Finance Intern & Student Ambassador

This summer, I had the opportunity to work for Monsanto as a Commercial Finance Intern, and it has definitely been my favorite job experience!  Growing up in St. Louis, Missouri, I knew that Monsanto was a global agriculture company, but I didn’t know much more about it than that.  My love for agriculture truly began when I was young; I had the opportunity to drive around my uncle’s farm and saw some of the corn that he grew.  This experience led me to think about how interesting life as a farmer … Full Article »

My Monsanto Experience

By Audrey Ball

Nine months ago, I was serving as president of Net Impact at Washington University in St. Louis, a student organization dedicated to empowering leaders in business and sustainability, and had the opportunity to visit Monsanto. Fourteen of my Net Impact colleagues and I toured the Monsanto technology headquarters at Chesterfield and attended a presentation given by Gabriela Burian, the sustainable ag ecosystems lead, explaining Monsanto’s involvement in the World Business Council for Sustainable Development Climate Smart Agriculture (CSA) initiative. It was November, an important month for the sustainability world, as stakeholders prepared to come together … Full Article »

Large Scale to Small Scale

By Emily T., Production Research Intern and Student Ambassador

I will be a senior in Agronomy at Iowa State University this fall. Originally, I came to Iowa State as an Animal Science major, but then switched to Agronomy at the beginning of my sophomore year. By that time, I had acquired a passion for crop production and realized that I wanted to learn more about agronomy. It is exciting to be a part of producing the grain that farmers will grow in the future to feed the world! Now, as I embark upon my final year, I know that it … Full Article »

India Takes Center Stage in Climate Smart Agriculture and Sustainable Development

By Audrey Ball

When Monsanto signed on to the World Business Council for Sustainable Development (WBCSD) Climate Smart Agriculture (CSA) initiative, it committed to collaboratively finding solutions to cross-continental challenges that take on different forms in every geography.

Building resilience and mitigating climate change in different regions requires global partners and tactics tailored to local landscapes. Monsanto India strives to understand and serve the unique needs of its farmer customers and has become a global leader for Monsanto’s climate-smart agriculture efforts.

Agriculture uses 85-90 percent of freshwater in India, a fact that Rakesh Dubey, policy and stakeholder engagement lead for … Full Article »

A Summer At 6,000 Feet

By Russell J., Mechanical Project Engineer Intern

Growing up in Iowa, surrounded by cornfields, I never imagined that I would be working in agriculture in the middle of the Rocky Mountains, at 6,000 feet above sea level! However, that is exactly what I found myself doing as I packed up my car and headed across the country to Soda Springs, Idaho.

 

 

 

 

The importance of agriculture for today’s society is unmistakable. As the population grows, we find ourselves in need of producing more crops using the same amount of land. A commitment to sustainability and an effort to … Full Article »

Through Partnerships and Collaboration: Addressing the Food Waste and Insecurity Paradox

By Audrey Ball

Monsanto shares the goal of advancing sustainability in business and has joined with other corporations, academics, and policymakers in the commitment to build on progress made at the 21st annual United Nations Climate Conference in Paris this past December. Two Monsanto leaders – Gabriela Burian, sustainable agriculture global lead, and Wendy Reinhardt Kapsak, global lead for food, nutrition, and health partnerships – attended the Pathways to Impact Conference at Yale to join in cross-sectoral collaboration to scale up sustainability solutions.

The World Business Council for Sustainable Development (WBCSD), in partnership with the Yale Center for Business … Full Article »

Monsanto statement on discovery of glyphosate-tolerant wheat plants in Washington state Featured Article

Aug. 5, 2016, Update: The Korean Ministry of Food and Drug Safety (MFDS) has announced that it has completed screening on 91 samples of wheat imported from the state of Washington.  According to the MFDS announcement, no transgenic wheat was detected.  This conclusion by the MFDS reinforces  the statement by the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) that this was a very isolated incident and there is “no evidence of GE wheat in commerce.”  Of the samples screened by MFDS, 67 came from shipments imported prior to July 29 but held for screening prior to … Full Article »

Midwest Meets West Texas

By Raechel D., Cotton Production Intern and Student Ambassador

This summer, I was given the opportunity to move nearly twelve hours from home and dive into the world of cotton production in Aiken, Texas. Prior to this summer, I knew very little about cotton as a crop and even less about its production process. Growing up in central Missouri on a row crop and cattle farm, I never had the chance to see cotton grow. I knew that this would be a summer full of surprises and valuable learning experiences—and it has not disappointed.

Walking into my role as a … Full Article »

Learning the Ways in Which Farming is Unique in each State

By Ashley S., Row Crops Sales Intern and Student Ambassador

North Dakota is the land of the Red River Valley, where fields are filled with corn, soybeans, wheat, sugarbeets and sunflowers! It’s where I am working for Monsanto as a U.S. Row Crop Sales Intern with ASGROW® and DEKALB® Brands this summer. Originally from Iowa, I am studying Agronomy and Animal Science at Iowa State University. I grew up on a family farm where I was surrounded by agriculture; it was there that I first found a love for the industry.

This is my second internship with the U.S. Row … Full Article »

What is a Plant?

By Qi Wang
Monsanto R&D IT Strategy Lead
Senior Science Fellow

Imagine a manufacturing plant entirely self-managed by software – billions of lines of code – and the plant is completely sustainable.

Self-managing because the plant could develop its own architectural blueprint, set its own foundation in the ground, raise its own buildings with hundreds of units.  Sustaining because it could switch tens of thousands of manufacturing processes on and off based on supplies and environmental conditions, and when the products are finally made, it would shut itself off.  Oh, by the way, every part of the facility is bio-degradable … Full Article »