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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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The Next Green Revolution

“Something is killing Ramadhani Juma’s cassava crop. ‘Maybe it’s too much water,’ he says, fingering clusters of withered yellow leaves on a six-foot-high plant. ‘Or too much sun.’ Juma works a small plot, barely more than an acre, near the town of Bagamoyo, on the Indian Ocean about 40 miles north of Dar es Salaam, Tanzania. On a rainy March morning, trailed by two of his four young sons, he’s talking with a technician from the big city, 28-year-old Deogratius Mark of the Mikocheni Agricultural Research Institute. Mark tells Juma his problem is neither sun nor rain. The real cassava … Full Article »

Building Bridges Through Dialogue at the Aspen Ideas Festival Featured Article

Monsanto is pleased to be a sponsor of this year’s Aspen Ideas Festival, where thought leaders from around the globe and across many disciplines will take part in deep and rich discussion about a variety of challenges and opportunities facing society today.

We’re at Aspen for the same reason most people are here – to listen and engage with diverse perspectives on the ideas and issues that shape our lives and challenge our world.

We have big goals – creating enough food to feed our growing global population, making that food better, combating climate change, but we don’t have … Full Article »

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A Reflection on 50 Years of Farming Featured Article

By Ken McCauley
Farmer, White Cloud, Kansas

Planting is right around the corner on our farm, and it got me thinking about my love of farming, and in particular, how far farming has progressed. I’ve been planting corn and soybeans for 50 years. I planted my first crop in 1964 with my brother on my mother’s farm. I don’t remember seed being as much of a big deal then as it is now, because most seed produced about the same yield. Earning a living on the farm at that age was a real life lesson. Dad wanted us to learn … Full Article »

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St. Louis, MO: A Leading Bioscience Center

By Donn Rubin
President and CEO of BioSTL

St. Louis, MO is a leading bioscience center. Donn Rubin, President and CEO of BioSTL explains why.

Donn Rubin, President and CEO of BioSTL

St. Louis is fortunate to have an extraordinary convergence of corporate, university, and entrepreneurial strengths in bioscience.  Coupled with the region’s straightforward professionalism, capital efficiency, and supportive and collaborative spirit, these assets set St. Louis apart as a leading bioscience center. 

St. Louis has long enjoyed an astonishing concentration of world-class scientists in medical and plant sciences, making it a world leader in academic and corporate bioscience research … Full Article »

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Biotech Benefits For Farmers

Over the last 20 years, biotech or GM seeds have provided real and documented benefits to farmers worldwide.  For those of us who don’t farm or have the opportunity to see these benefits firsthand, we’ve captured a few here with links to online resources if you’re interested in learning more.

GM crops enable us to produce more food sustainably while using fewer resources. For example, GM crops provide a healthier environment by saving on pesticides and decreasing greenhouse gas emissions while increasing crop yields substantially.

Resource:  Top 10 Facts, ISAAA, 2013
“From 1996 to 2012, biotech crops contributed to Food … Full Article »

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BT Cotton Wins Fans in West Africa Featured Article

Burkina Faso in West Africa has had a tremendous success with Bt cotton. Yields and farmers’ incomes have risen, chemical use is down, and cotton and cottonseed oil have become major exports. Burkina’s neighbors are beginning to take note.

In December, delegations from neighboring Benin and Togo visited Burkina at the invitation of the biosecurity experts network of NEPAD, the New Partnership for African Development. Participants included farmers, government officials, members of parliament, and textile industry representatives. Their mission: see first hand the impact of Bt cotton in Burkina Faso as a first step towards the eventual adoption of policies … Full Article »

Monsanto’s 2014 Research Pipeline Update Featured Article

Yesterday, Monsanto announced the 2014 update for the company’s research pipeline, noting that a record 29 products had advanced and five of those headed for the commercial marketplace. The advances included products across all platforms, including breeding, biotechnology, and new technology areas such as Integrated Farming Systems and agricultural biologicals.

This infographic depicts the update. More information on the products and advancements can be found at A Window into Agriculture’s Future: 2014 Research & Development Pipeline at Monsanto.com.

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Helping Planet Money Make a T-Shirt Featured Article

It is perhaps one of the the most common articles of clothing in the world – the plain and simple t-shirt. Recently, NPR’s Planet Money aired a program on how to make a t-shirt, and two Monsanto employees helped provide background and information on the fiber that most t-shirts are made of – cotton. You can watch the Planet Money program here.

We asked both employees some questions about cotton and working at Monsanto. And here’s what Cindy Green had to say. Tomorrow we’ll feature Brian Martinell.

By Cindy Green
Cotton Breeder

What would you like the people who Full Article »

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Monsanto Australia Invests in New Cotton Research Facility Featured Article

Australia’s cotton industry will remain at the cutting edge of innovation with the announcement that Monsanto Australia will invest in a new research facility in the state of Queensland.

The increased investment in the company’s research capability will ensure cotton growers continue to benefit from its highly successful insect-tolerant and herbicide-resistant cotton for years to come.

This announcement comes at a time when Australian agriculture is trying to attract the investment required to turn the promise of emerging markets in Asia into a reality for local farmers.

Queensland’s Agricultural Minister, John McVeigh, congratulated Monsanto Australia on plans to open a … Full Article »

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Putting Real-Time Weather Data in Farmers’ Hands Featured Article

By Dr. Robb Fraley
Chief Technology Officer 

One of my most vivid memories from growing up on a farm is sitting at the dinner table with my father on a hot July night. A storm was brewing and my father kept watching it out the window, hoping for the rain to break right on our farm, to end the drought we’d had that summer.

Unfortunately, the clouds rolled by and broke in the next county over. Our harvest was tough that summer and I’ve never forgotten the strain it caused.

Farmers have always had to deal with weather variability, … Full Article »