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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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New York Times Article on Monsanto and PCBs Featured Article

Today, the New York Times published an article, “Monsanto Could Benefit From Chemical Safety Bill,” which suggests that Monsanto will receive a “gift” from Congress in a chemical safety bill introduced in the House and Senate last year. We’d like to take some time to respond to the article and provide some history on PCBs, or polychlorinated biphenyls.

To be clear: Monsanto did not ask for any language to be included in the House version of a new chemical safety bill being discussed on the Hill. 

The Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA) and its accompanying regulation has, for … Full Article »

Information on the German Report on Glyphosate in Beer Featured Article

A report from Germany from the Environmental Institute on Thursday said it detected glyphosate in 14 German beers. Here’s Monsanto’s perspective regarding this report:

Glyphosate is an herbicide with a 40-year history of safe use. Glyphosate is approved for use on barley, hops and other grains in Europe. It is also approved for use in the United States and Canada. Farmers use glyphosate to control weeds in their fields.

There are strict government regulations to keep our food safe. In grain crops, such as barley, corn and wheat, there are limits in place to regulate the use of all pesticides, including … Full Article »

Monsanto response to Benbrook’s latest paper on glyphosate Featured Article

Daniel Goldstein, M.D.
Senior Science Fellow
Lead, Medical Sciences and Outreach

Like people everywhere, Monsanto employees understand concerns about product safety. Whether it’s toys we buy for our kids, appliances we buy for our homes, or anything else, we expect reliable information about product safety. Unfortunately, misinformation sometimes clouds decision making and can even cause unwarranted confusion and concern.

Enter the latest report from Charles Benbrook and his co-authors, where – again – they significantly misrepresent the safety of glyphosate-based herbicides. Benbrook and his colleagues use fear-mongering to paint an inaccurate story about an agricultural tool with a 40-year history … Full Article »

The Truth about Monsanto and the Zika Virus

You may have seen misinformation and rumors on social media regarding Monsanto, the Zika virus and microcephaly. Unfortunately, this misinformation causes unwarranted fear and distracts from the health crisis at hand and how you can take steps to protect you and your family.  Here are some facts:

  • Neither Monsanto nor our products have any connection to the Zika virus or microcephaly.
  • Monsanto does not manufacture or sell Pyriproxyfen.
  • Monsanto does not own Sumitomo Chemical Company.  However, Sumitomo Chemical Company is one of our business partners in the area of crop protection.
  • Glyphosate is not connected in any way to the Zika
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2013 FFA Convention Hall

FFA Students Looking Forward to Learning Leadership Skills, Meeting New People Featured Article

By Nick Weber
Corporate Web Team

When National FFA Convention rolls around, many chapters travel through St. Louis on their way to the host city. Monsanto opens its doors at our two campuses and hosts the chapters for tours. On Tuesday, on their way to the convention in Louisville, Ky., chapters from Kansas and Colorado visited, and we asked them, “What are you looking forward to most at National FFA Convention?”

Here are their responses:

“This will be my third year going. In the past, I have had the opportunity to meet many mentors from across the U.S. I have … Full Article »

An Update on Roundup Ready Patent Expiration

Recent articles (see here, here and here) have discussed patent expiration for Roundup Ready® soybeans. In light of these articles and ongoing interest in the subject, the timing seems right to remind readers of our post-patent plans.

The last Monsanto-owned patent for Roundup Ready soybeans will expire in 2014, and the last applicable third-party patent will expire in early 2015. That means independent seed companies will no longer owe trait royalty payment to Monsanto beginning in 2015. Farmers will have access to a generic trait offering beginning in the 2015 planting season.

Monsanto has had numerous discussions … Full Article »

Michael Marlow Monsanto Agonomist

Monsanto Agronomist Helps Farmers 140 Characters at a Time

As an agronomist, Monsanto’s Michael Marlow has to be on top of the field conditions in his territory, which includes most of Oklahoma and northern and eastern Texas. It’s in his best interest—and his customers’ best interests—to know when plant diseases are popping up, when bugs are starting to move into fields and when weather is impacting crops.

But he can’t deliver those tidbits of information to everyone on a personal basis every day. That’s why he uses Twitter—a social media outlet that allows people to share thoughts in 140 characters—as one of his communication tools to update farmers … Full Article »

Researchers from Monsanto's Chesterfield Village site come out to Jerseyville to observe new traits and technologies growing outside.

Research Is More Than Spending Time in a Lab

From the road, the Jerseyville research farm looks like any other Southwest Illinois farm: corn and soybeans dominate the landscape and a couple sheds rise above the green. Once I entered the center of the 240-acre site, I discovered how special the farm is—where nearly every row of plants receives special care.

Jerseyville is one of a handful of sites where biotech traits are tested in the field. Their performance and reaction to the conditions (much more variable than in a controlled setting like a greenhouse) are monitored and tracked throughout the season.

That’s why nearly a dozen researchers from … Full Article »

Detasseling allows one line of corn to fertilize the other, producing a high-yielding hybrid, and prevents the plants from self-pollinating and ruining the hybrid line.

A Quick Lesson in Detasseling

If you’re a farmer or farm kid, you know what detasseling is.

If you’re not, this video courtesy of reporter Mike Brooks at WICS in Springfield, Ill., gives you a good background on detasseling and why seed companies like Monsanto do it.

Detasseling Corn Alive and Well – Fox 55/27 Springfield, ILL

This Twitter search stream gives you a bit more, um, color, about what detasselers are saying this summer.

I was at the corn field while Mike was interviewing Monsanto employees and the workers. The detasseling is quite impressive. I’m not certain I could handle a whole month of … Full Article »

Precision planting! Sean and Pat have nearly the identical form

When It Comes to Planting, Mother Nature Holds the Cards

Precision planting! Sean and Pat have nearly the identical form

Monday began with a rain shower in the St. Louis area. No planting at the Jerseyville farm for the next two days, I thought. After getting settled in at work, I sent an email to the crew at the farm, asking, “Do you think you’ll get in the fields later this week?”

To my surprise, the farm planned on hitting the fields. Research associate Joe Kinser replied immediately, “We caught a shower here this morning, but I think we will plant a few small fields in the 1 to 4 … Full Article »