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2012 Queeny Award Winner Featured Article

By Raegan Johnson  

On Aug. 21, Monsanto Company announced the 2012 winners of Monsanto’s prestigious Edgar M. Queeny Award for Science and Technology, the Genuity Roundup Ready 2 Yield Soybean Team— Cindy Arnevik, Nancy Biest, David Butruille, Mike Hawbaker, Jerry Hjelle, and Jennifer Rinehart. 

The Queeny Award is Monsanto’s highest honor for science and technology. It is given in recognition of the development of significant proprietary technology that has resulted in a clear and quantifiable commercial success and/or an achievement that represents a contribution to a basic or an applied field of science that enhances Monsanto’s technological leadership and … 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 »

June 2011 Earth Open Source Report on Roundup

We are aware of the report released by Earth Open Source regarding Roundup herbicides and glyphosate, the active ingredient in Roundup herbicides. Monsanto health and environmental experts are reviewing the report in detail.

Based on our initial review, the Earth Open Source report does not appear to contain any new health or toxicological evidence regarding glyphosate. Regulatory authorities and independent experts around the world agree that glyphosate does not cause adverse reproductive effects in adult animals or birth defects in offspring of these adults exposed to glyphosate, even at doses far higher than relevant environmental or occupational exposures.

The authors … 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 »

Many factors lead to better weed control for farmers

Roundup Ready technology contains in-plant tolerance to Roundup® agricultural herbicides, allowing growers to spray Roundup agricultural herbicides to kill the weeds without harming the crop.

If there’s one thing I’ve learned by talking with farmers, it’s that they have a great sense and appreciation of their farm’s history. And as a result, they have an even greater sense of how the present state of farming is better than it used to be.

Marvin Borg and Jeffrey Larson are two examples of that. Mention “weeds” and they both have stories that would make suburbanites happy that all they have to tend … Full Article »

The Skinny on the Seralini Safety Study

By Dr. Dan

It’s time for a blunt discussion on Seralini’s laboratory studies on placental and breast cancer cells.

If you put a detergent of any sort on cells in a petri dish, the cells get sick (and will die if you get the concentration high enough or recover if you remove the detergent soon enough).

Therefore, Seralini’s choice of cells was not biological but, I believe, political. Reproductive tissue cells were chosen, I submit, so that the author could scream, “endocrine disruptor.” Any other cell line would have given essentially the same result–but would not have been as … Full Article »