It’s rare these days when agriculture isn’t in the news – underscoring the importance of what happens in this most fundamental of global businesses.
Here are a few of the stories that caught our attention in the past week, including a couple of our own.
Biotech Cotton – Kenya
According to The East African in Nairobi, Kenyan farmers will be able to grow biotech cotton by 2014, subject to approval by the Kenyan National Biosafety Authority. The Kenya Agricultural Research Institute (KARI) has been carrying our confined field trials using Bollgard II cotton.
Root Comparison Study – Drought-Tolerant Corn
A root comparison study conducted this season at Monsanto’s Gothenburg Water Utilization Learning Center in Gothenburg, Neb., provided a dramatic demonstration of just how important a deep, strong root structure is to help corn plants withstand drought conditions.
Fraley Presents Final 2012 Product Performance Data
Final harvest data for the 2012 U.S. growing season confirms Monsanto Company corn and soybean products maintained a significant yield advantage compared to competitors, despite one of the most difficult growing seasons on record, Chief Technology Officer Robb Fraley, Ph.D., told investors today at Citi’s 5th Annual Basic Materials Symposium in New York. Highlighting the expansion and integration of the company’s research and development platforms, Fraley noted Monsanto is uniquely positioned to deliver the best total yield package for farmers.
Precision Ag Critical to Sustaining Crop Yields
According to a report in Southeast Farm Press, North Carolina crop consultant Steve Valencsin sees precision agriculture as critical to sustaining high crop yields. What he advises growers to do in an extension of what he learned from his grandfather’s small but intensive farming practices.
Why Use the Hammer if the Carrot Works?
Farmer Larry Sailer published an article at The Field Position, the blog of Latham Seeds in Iowa, about what farmers are up to with conservation – and it’s not what is commonly portrayed in newspaper reports.