By Daniel Kruithoff,
Monsanto Australia & New Zealand
Agriculture is once again at the forefront of the national conversation about Australia’s future prosperity. Having ridden the mining boom all the way to shore, sectors such as agriculture are being viewed as the next wave of economic growth.
Improved market access through free trade agreements will undoubtedly help drive demand for Australia’s high quality food and fibre, particularly among the booming middle class of Asia.
What is less certain though is the capacity of Australian agriculture to sustainably increase productivity fast enough to capitalise on the opportunity of becoming … Full Article »
There is an increasing buzz around honey bees and other pollinators. Honey bees are important to agriculture and our food supply and in honor of National Pollinator Week we’d like to take this opportunity to address some questions related to honey bees.
Question 1: Why are honey bees important to agriculture?
Think of your breakfast, lunch or dinner today. Did you know approximately 30 percent of all of the wonderful foods we have at our finger tips are brought to us by the relationship among beekeepers, honey bees and farmers? USDA estimates the value of honey bees on … Full Article »
By Brian Russell
Torrential rains Sept. 11 in Romania devastated local farms, leaving fields of standing water.
“This was very bad timing,” said Mihaela Vasile, public affairs specialist in Romania. “Farmers here had just planted winter canola, and their fields in many cases were washed away, ruining their canola crop.”
More than 3,300 hectares of winter canola were destroyed in floods that left nine dead and devastated 18 towns and villages in Galati County.
“We received more than 140 liters of rain in two hours, which is more than this region normally receives in two months,” Vasile said. … Full Article »
The story of canola production in Canada is a great example of how private industry investment in breeding and biotechnology, coupled with an industry wide focus on improved agronomic practices, can lead to enhanced farm profitability generated by increased yields.
Canola is a “made–in-Canada” success story. Canola was originally called rapeseed and was produced for the industrial lubricant market from the 1940s to 1960s. In the 1960s, public sector Canadian scientists modified the oil profile to produce “double low rapeseed.” The name of the modified grain in Canada was formally changed to “canola” in 1974.
During these years, the yield … Full Article »
If you would have asked me 10 years ago what I wanted to be when I grow up, sales probably would have been one of the last things to come to mind. In fact, when I tell people now that I am involved in sales I feel like I need to explain exactly what I do so that they don’t think that I go door to door begging people to buy seed. I sell soybeans, corn, cotton, grain sorghum, winter canola and alfalfa and I love it. I only wish I would have known earlier what exactly it … Full Article »
Canola was originally bred in the 1970s, and is used as a food oil and as biofuel. Canola is also used as an animal feed and can be found in candles and lipsticks.
Have you ever seen a canola plant? It’s a very pretty crop produced for its oil and distinguished by its bright yellow blooms. From a purely aesthetic point of view, it’s not a bad plant to find growing as a weed along the roadside, which often happens. Some probably even mistake it for a wildflower. One department of transportation is purposefully planting it roadside.
Canola (and … Full Article »
A photo of cotton being grown on one of Monsanto's research farms
Last week, I rode with two colleagues from work over to the Illinois side of the Mississippi River. We visited the Melvin Price Lock & Dam #26 just south of Alton, and then went on to Monsanto’s research farm at Jerseyville. One colleague, Nick, was working on a story about the lock and dam and its critical importance to agriculture (posted here); the other, Tyne, was developing a video feature on the research farm. As for me, well, I was on the trip mostly for the research farm … Full Article »