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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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Monsanto’s Plant Breeders Play Matchmaker

By Brandie Piper
Monsanto Corporate Engagement

Matchmakers have a long history of pairing together two people who complement each other in the hopes of fostering a relationship. The process is similar for plant breeders and the crops they study.

Like matchmakers, the goal of plant breeders is to bring together the two plants best-suited for each other so they can produce offspring with the best characteristics of both. The resulting offspring are called hybrids or varieties, depending on the crop. At Monsanto, our plant breeders play matchmaker every day to all types of crops such as corn, soybeans, peppers, … Full Article »

The WEF PISAgro Corn Ecosystem Partnership in Indonesia Featured Article

“I feel proud to produce more corn from my farm, and earn more for my family. For the first time, I feel the seed companies like Monsanto, Cargill, and bank like BRI, – are collaborating so I can be successful. This is the first time I participated in this project and I benefited from the best agricultural practice training. I am looking forward to more secured yield and better earnings so my wife and children can live comfortably and peacefully. I also hope that I can continue to produce and earn more.” – Suyanto

Suyanto, a 43-year-old farmer from Jrambe … Full Article »

Earth Day and Corn Farming: 45 Years of Progress Featured Article

By Robert T. Fraley
Chief Technology Officer

Imagine, as the world grows more hot and crowded, not having to using more land for farms but returning some of it instead to forest and grassland. Imagine the reductions in soil erosion and water consumption, the decline of greenhouse gas emissions, and a host of other benefits for our planet.

It’s possible. Corn farmers have shown how.

So as we mark Earth Day this April, I want to call attention to an aspect of corn farming that is too often lost in the story of our food systems. I want to celebrate … Full Article »

The Rookie Tractor Driver Featured Article

By Nick Weber
Monsanto Digital Team

As I eased into the padded seat of the John Deere® 3020 tractor with a four-row planter, I placed both hands on the steering wheel, more at 9 and 3 than 10 and 2, feeling nervous, excited and confident. Warren, my farmer host, hopped up on the wheel seat and quickly explained each part of the tractor.

There were four levers and a couple pedals on each side. On the right, a wide pedal wasn’t just one brake; it was for the left and right, whatever that meant. Warren pointed out the clutch on … Full Article »

The Importance of Knowledge Transfer in Corn Traits in Vietnam Featured Article

In early April, Dekalb Vietnam, a subsidiary of Monsanto, launched the first Integrated Knowledge Transfers fields in Dong Nai province. The program aims to provide hundreds of Vietnamese farmers the opportunity for the first time to grow corn seeds with weed management and insect protection traits and transfer the knowledge to thousands of farmers to better capture yield potential and make farming operation more stable, successful and profitable.

Huynh Van Thang, farmer in Dong Thap Province

Vietnam’s corn imports have been soaring to meet growing feed demands. In 2014, Vietnam imported 4.79 million tons of corn, up sharply by more … Full Article »

FFA Week: Cultivating Corn for the Future Featured Article

It’s National FFA Week, and recently, Monsanto welcomed 75 State FFA Officers from the U.S. into one of its facilities outside of Johannesburg, South Africa. As part of the visit, the State Officers learned about the Water Efficient Maize for Africa (WEMA) program. The program is a public-private partnership dedicated to increasing food security in Sub-Saharan Africa through the development and distribution of drought-tolerant and insect-resistant maize seed. Taylor Green is one of the State Officers who participated in the visit.

Cultivating Corn for the Future

By Taylor Green

The need to produce more food for more people is … Full Article »

Monsanto Philippines Storytelling Sessions Underscore Sustainability, Helping Others, and Improving Lives Featured Article

The Provincial Learning and Resource Center of Cagayan, Philippines recently held a storytelling session on the only Filipino children’s book on biotech corn seeds titled Lina’s Town Rises Again.

Lina’s Town Rises Again was written for elementary school children to develop a basic understanding of the impact of agriculture products, specifically Dekalb corn seeds in social, economic and environmental terms. It touches on the themes of sustainability, collaboration and safety by narrating the true and inspiring story of how agricultural biotechnology seeds positively transformed a woman farmer’s life, and enabled her farming community to recover economically in the aftermath of … Full Article »

Enjoying Sweet Corn Grown a Better Way Featured Article

Summer is in full swing – the kids are off school and days slowly fade into warm nights. One of our favorite tell-tale signs of summer is fresh sweet corn. Whether you’re enjoying summer picnics, barbecues or just a quiet dinner at home, sweet corn is a tasty and healthy addition to any meal. It has fiber and antioxidants that studies suggest may help reduce the risk of cancer, signs of aging and inflammation.

Not all corn can be enjoyed right off the cob like sweet corn. In fact, 99 percent of corn grown in the United States is field Full Article »

Combating Hunger is Common Ground for Mothers Worldwide Featured Article

By Natalie Rosenbloom
Sustainability and Partnerships

As a mother, nothing is more important to me than the health and safety of my children.  I believe that no matter where we come from, no matter what our means, every mother around the world shares a common bond: the need to provide our children with nutritious food.

Fulfilling this fundamental need can bring different challenges in different parts of the world.  In developed countries, it can often boil down to affordability, having the means to provide healthy, well-rounded meals.  In developing countries like those in Sub-Saharan Africa, it can all depend on … Full Article »