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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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Why Moms and Dads Should Feel Confident in the Safety of Glyphosate Featured Article

An open letter to parents from parents at Monsanto:

We all want what’s best for our kids. As parents ourselves, we care about the food we feed our families just like you do. Not only are we consumers, we’re also intimately involved in developing products that contribute to safe and nutritious food choices for everyone, including our own families and friends.

Our agriculture business includes more than 4,000 researchers who are working each and every day to make sure our discoveries become safe and effective products. Our team includes physicians, nutritionists, dietitians, toxicologists, plant scientists and many others who have … Full Article »

Resources on Weed Resistance

One result of modern agriculture and its reliance upon herbicides is the emergence of weed populations that are resistant to herbicides. Natural weed populations, regardless of the application of any herbicide, may contain individual plants (biotypes) resistant to herbicides. 

Repeated use of any herbicide will expose weed populations to selection pressure that may lead to an increase in the number of surviving, resistant individuals in the population. Consequently, the resistant weed population may increase to the degree that adequate weed control can’t be achieved via the application of that herbicide. Through their effective use in combination with other weed control … Full Article »

Dr. Bryan Young of Southern Illinois University

VIDEO: Hearing from Expert in Weed Resistance Management – Dr. Bryan Young

The winter meeting season has given farmers a lot to think about and Dr. Bryan Young of Southern Illinois University is one of the people prompting thought. Recently Young and a couple of other academics helped plan a series of seminars sponsored by the Illinois Soybean Association to get farmers the latest information available. I attended the nearby seminar one of the events, the one where Young presented. This blog pulls together tweeting from the event and a video we shot with Young after the seminar was over.

Quite a bit of the day’s conversation was shared on Twitter, here … Full Article »

Roundup-Resistant "Superweeds" In the News


It's a bird, it's a plane, no, it's SUPERWEED!

There was a story today in the New York Times (“Farmers Cope with Roundup-Resistant Weeds”) about glyphosate-resistant weeds, or as the headline states – Roundup-resistant weeds. (Glyphosate is the active ingredient in Roundup. Its success has made the two interchangeable similar to the case of facial tissue and the brand name Kleenex).

This is the second story in recent weeks about “superweeds,” as the mainstream media has sensationally dubbed the weed resistance issue.

Overall the NYT story talks about the positive contributions of biotechnology on weed control—increase in no-tillFull Article »