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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 are we suing Maui? Featured Article

In an extremely close vote last week, citizens of Maui in Hawaii voted to implement a moratorium on the planting of GM crops in their county. This decision, if enacted, will have an immediate effect on the longstanding, and safe, operations of Monsanto on the island.

The impact though goes far beyond our business and our more than 1,000 employees who live and work in Hawaii. It goes right to the heart of the work that will need to be done to help ensure a sustainable food supply as the earth’s population continues to grow.

This challenge to feed the … 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 »

Our 2013 Corn Rootworm Efforts: Technology Leads the Way Featured Article

By Robb Fraley
Chief Technology Officer

Western corn rootworm

Technology has played a key role in helping society progress over the years. Technology, through human innovation, tackles society’s toughest challenges, whether it’s disease, poverty, energy or hunger. It provides both short- and long-term solutions in improving our global community.

For decades, Monsanto has been innovating to help farmers grow more food more efficiently, effectively, and safely.  We’ve spent a lot of time talking with farmers, but we haven’t done as much as we should to clearly share the stories around our innovations with the general public.

For example, take the … Full Article »

Scouting is Key to the Success of Late-Planted Corn Featured Article

By Luke Samuel
Corn Insect Traits Manager

When it comes to farming it’s always tough to predict the weather from one year to the next. Turn the clock back one year and we were all talking about how the combination of a mild winter, early spring planting and a hot, lengthy summer drought created significant stress on corn and soybean crops. This, in turn, resulted in small root masses and heavy corn rootworm pressure throughout the Corn Belt.

What a difference a year makes. With much of the country experiencing a far wetter than normal spring, many growers were delayed … Full Article »

Water Efficient Maize for Africa (WEMA) Update Featured Article

The Water Efficient Maize for Africa (WEMA) project is a public/private partnership, initiated in 2008, dedicated to improving lives through the development of products that help smallholder farmers mitigate drought risk and manage insect pressure. 

Led by the Kenya-based African Agricultural Technology Foundation and funded by the Bill and Melinda Gates and Howard G. Buffett foundations, WEMA key partners include the National Agricultural Research Institutes in Kenya, Mozambique, South Africa, Tanzania and Uganda, the International Maize and Wheat Improvement Center (CIMMYT ) and Monsanto. 

Since its inception, the WEMA partnership has successfully developed a robust pipeline of new drought-tolerant hybrids … Full Article »