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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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A Summer At 6,000 Feet

By Russell J., Mechanical Project Engineer Intern

Growing up in Iowa, surrounded by cornfields, I never imagined that I would be working in agriculture in the middle of the Rocky Mountains, at 6,000 feet above sea level! However, that is exactly what I found myself doing as I packed up my car and headed across the country to Soda Springs, Idaho.





The importance of agriculture for today’s society is unmistakable. As the population grows, we find ourselves in need of producing more crops using the same amount of land. A commitment to sustainability and an effort to … Full Article »

Learning the Ways in Which Farming is Unique in each State

By Ashley S., Row Crops Sales Intern and Student Ambassador

North Dakota is the land of the Red River Valley, where fields are filled with corn, soybeans, wheat, sugarbeets and sunflowers! It’s where I am working for Monsanto as a U.S. Row Crop Sales Intern with ASGROW® and DEKALB® Brands this summer. Originally from Iowa, I am studying Agronomy and Animal Science at Iowa State University. I grew up on a family farm where I was surrounded by agriculture; it was there that I first found a love for the industry.

This is my second internship with the U.S. Row … 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 »

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 »

Monsanto Named Among Top Sustainable Agriculture Companies in Vietnam Featured Article

Right to left: Former Deputy Prime Minister Nguyen Cong Tan, Vietnam CE Nguyen Hong Chinh, and Le Khac Triet.

Monsanto was awarded the Sustainable Agriculture Company trophy by Vietnam’s Former Deputy Prime Minister Nguyen Cong Tan at the “Vietnam’s Top Sustainable Agriculture Companies and Individuals” on Jan. 11.

The “Vietnam’s Top Sustainable Agriculture Companies and Individuals” list is a joint effort between the Vietnam Ministry of Agriculture and Development, Ministry of Industry and Trade and Farmer’s Association to recognize companies with best practices to develop Vietnam’s Agriculture sustainably. The finalists were selected through the nominations and surveys carried out all … Full Article »

Update from the Farm Progress Show Featured Article

The Farm Progress Show – one of U.S. agriculture’s “big events” – was held this year in Boone, Iowa, and Monsanto had a lot of news to announce.

Grow Rural Education

Some 176 school districts in 35 states have been selected to receive grants of up to $25,000.  The America’s Farmers Grow Rural EducationSM program, sponsored by the Monsanto Fund, will invest $2.3 million in rural schools across the United States during the 2012-2013 school year.

Weed Manager Plus Mobile Applications

Farmers can now rely on a new mobile application to support effective weed management, particularly of tough-to-control and … Full Article »

DEKALB's "Big Reveal"

We usually talk about serious topics in this space. Today, we’re having a little fun.

Every day for the last 5 days, DEKALB has been posting a puzzle piece on Facebook, and today it pulled all of the puzzle pieces together to reveal the secret.

DEKALB has teamed up with Paul Jr. Designs of American Chopper to build a custom bike to celebrate 100 years of innovation and performance. The year 2012 will mark DEKALB’s 100th anniversary, and the “Chopper” is one way the anniversary is being promoted.

If you attend this year’s Farm Progress Show in Decatur, Ill. (Aug. … Full Article »

Corn Yield Contest: It's About Farmers

In late December, the National Corn Growers Association announced the winners in the U.S. national corn yield contest. It’s a closely watched competition, by both farmers and seed companies. Farmers look to see where average yields may be headed, and seed companies look for an opportunity to one-up the competition.

DeKalb and Hubner Seed customers and products did well in the contest. More precisely, they did outstandingly well, with five of eight first-place wins at the national level and 53 first-place wins at the state level. We’re proud of what our customers accomplished with DeKalb and Hubner corn … Full Article »

Where’s the sales pitch? It’s in the yield, it’s in the field!

By Katie

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 »

Representing Monsanto, Representing the Farmer

By Katie

I was driving back to my hotel one night a few weeks ago after a meeting I had with some growers in the northern part of my territory. I got back to my hotel about 10:15 p.m. and opened up my computer to catch up on some emails and get ready for my meetings the next morning. After I got some work done and got settled into my bed at about midnight, I set my alarm for 5:30 a.m. to get an early start and realized that I am not completely unlike the farmers that I had just … Full Article »