About “Beyond the Rows”

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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Celebrating Thanksgiving Day in Canada

By Brandie Piper
Monsanto Corporate Engagement

Every year on the second Monday of October most Canadians across the country celebrate Thanksgiving Day, and it’s celebrated with traditions similar to Thanksgiving Day in the United States; Canadians take the time to eat a meal with family and friends and give thanks.

Though there are small differences in how Americans and Canadians give thanks each autumn, the foods traditionally served tend to be the same. Turkey, stuffing, cranberries, mashed potatoes, sweet corn, roasted vegetables and pumpkin pie are staples at both holiday meals. Canadians are just as likely to host Thanksgiving dinner … Full Article »

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 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 »

Rural Road Safety Featured Article

Monsanto is a proud sponsor of NECAS’s National Farm Safety and Health Week, September 21-27. As a part of it, Monsanto employees are sharing why safety in agriculture is important. For more farm safety information, check out the Growing Safely video series on the Monsanto YouTube Channel here.

By Rena Warren

I am from a small community; born and raised in the panhandle of Texas. My dad was a Texas state trooper for 33 years. He retired as a special Texas Ranger. His career sparked my passion for safety at the early age of 12, when I began … Full Article »

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 »

What Monsanto People Do Featured Article

Develop high-yielding conventional and biotech seeds.

Develop traits and technologies to benefit agriculture, working alone and with partners.

Develop safe and effective crop protection products and systems.

Create and nurture new products and systems to help farmers grow food.

Maintain and enhance an extensive product stewardship program to ensure that the products we sell are safe and effective.

Develop innovative programs to help farmers control weeds and increase crop yields.

Provide extensive safety and technical information on Monsanto’s products.

Partner with other agricultural developers and maintain an extensive trait licensing system to assure that traits and products … Full Article »

Poetry at Work Day: The Farmer as Poet Featured Article

There was a time when newspapers routinely published poetry, but that was a century or so ago. Times changed, and poetry largely disappeared from the newspapers delivered to our doorsteps.

Except, perhaps, in Champaign, Illinois.

The Champaign News-Gazette discovered a Central Illinois farmer who happened to write poetry. One thing led to another, and late last year, the newspaper published Song of the Prairie by Linden Warfel.

Warfel is a fourth-generation generation farmer, and he is a lot more than that, too: a husband (he and he wife Kay have been married almost 50 years), a father (five children), a … Full Article »

Dateline China: Advanced Farming Techniques and Efficiency Featured Article

Accessing Advanced Farming Techniques 

The Monsanto Fund’s contribution to the Jilin Project at Taojiatun Agricultural Technology Demonstration Park has helped the Park become a center for farmers to access advanced technology. Science and technology in agriculture are promoted, and demonstrations of modern agriculture are available to farmers. 

Modern agriculture equipment has been purchased to complement discussions of seed technology at the Park. A rice harvester, corn harvester and maize thresher are now available to farmers as well as advanced office equipment. A multi-function overhead projector, desktop computer, laptop, copy machine, digital camera and network equipment have also been purchased. … Full Article »