By Tyne Morgan
I remember as a little girl driving to Grandma’s house one weekend and seeing some of my family members out of the window working in the field. I remember specifically asking my mother what they were doing, and she simply told me pulling weeds out of soybeans. She also told us how she used to do that, as well.
Driving to Grandma’s house today, I don’t see a single person pulling weeds out of their soybean fields. Why? Because the Roundup Ready technology has made it possible to have soybean fields “clean” of weeds.
In talking with a farmer during my Missouri harvest update, I asked him how biotechnology (GMO) had impacted him. He spoke of similar stories. He also told me how sometimes he’ll joke with his two girls about going out and hoeing weeds by hand. Of course, they don’t understand what he’s talking about because they’ve never had to do so, as many other people my age and younger have not either.
I definitely think my generation and those younger take for granted the way management of fields has changed for the better.
In this harvest update, not only will you see how far behind Missouri farmers are this year and their frustration with Mother Nature, but you’ll hear how their farming operations have changed thanks to the introduction of biotechnology.
While I’m on this topic, I’d like to offer an open invitation. The other day we received a comment on one of my videos from an organic farmer. We couldn’t post the comment because of the language used, but she told me to come out to a “real farm” as she called it, and she was referring to an organic farm on the East Coast. I am heading to Pennsylvania and New York in a couple weeks and would be more than happy to visit an organic farmer. The only problem is that as soon as I say I’m working for Monsanto, usually organic farmers shut me out. So, if you’re reading this post and know of an organic farmer I can talk to, please let me know. I am definitely not opposed to visiting all types of farmers across the U.S.
You can check out Tyne’s Missouri harvest update on Monsanto.com
For more photos of Tyne’s trip, check out the slideshow on Flickr