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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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Growing the Seeds of Opportunity

By Colin C., Student Ambassador and Summer Intern

This summer has flown by at the Corn Production Plant in Waterman, Illinois, where I have had the opportunity to learn about the different activities inside the plant and outside in the seed production fields. This is my second internship with Monsanto.

The Plant

Throughout the month of June, the warehouses here become filled with the unsold corn seed that is returned from the dealers. When the corn is unloaded off of the truck, it is sorted according to each variety and batch. After sorting, it will be rebagged and tested to … Full Article »

Monsanto Statement on US Supreme Court Decision Not to Hear OSGATA Case Featured Article

Today it was announced that the U.S. Supreme Court had decided not to review lower court decisions upholding Monsanto’s position in a lawsuit brought by the Organic Seed Growers and Trade Association over fears of litigation involving accidental pollination. The U.S. District Court and U.S. Court of Appeals had both ruled against the plaintiffs, pointing out that Monsanto had never sued anyone for accidental pollination and had publicly committed not to do that.

Monsanto issued this statement:

“Monsanto never has and has committed it never will sue if our patented seed or traits are found in a farmer’s field as … Full Article »

The Myth about Accidental Pollination Featured Article

If GM corn inadvertently blows into a neighbor’s field, will Monsanto sue? 

In February 2012, a federal court dismissed such accusations as unfounded and a transparent attempt to create a controversy where none actually exists, pointing to Monsanto’s policy of not suing farmers in cases of inadvertent presence of gene flow. (See Beyond the Rows: OSGATA v. Monsanto: A Ruling for All Agriculture.) 

It has never been, nor will it be, Monsanto policy to exercise its patent rights where trace amounts of patented seed or traits are present in farmer’s fields as a result of inadvertent means. 

Enforcing patent … Full Article »

Clearing up Stories on Monsanto's South Africa Corn Crop

At the beginning of 2009, Monsanto learned that some of our farmer customers in South Africa were having issues with biotech maize they had purchased from us. What we found was that three of our white maize hybrids were experiencing a reduced pollination issue. In some cases, the variable pollination caused a reduction in the number of kernels. This issue directly impacted our customers and their ability to produce their crops.

A team of Monsanto employees traveled throughout South Africa’s corn planting areas to visit more than 400 farms, talk with farmers and determine the actual damage. Monsanto fully … Full Article »