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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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Business Insider Report on Monsanto Vegetables Featured Article

Business Insider has published a video report on how Monsanto is using crossbreeding techniques to develop “all natural” vegetables and fruits, including BellaFina peppersBeneforte broccoli, and Melorange Melon.

The report is featured as part of the publication’s “Game Changers” series, and you can view the video at “This Radically Faster Crossbreeding Technique is Changing Agriculture.”… Full Article »

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Lettuce Talk About Salad Featured Article

By Carly Scaduto
Monsanto Vegetables Division

With National Salad Month in full swing, it’s time to explore the most important part of any salad – the leafy greens. Rich in fiber, calcium, potassium and vitamins C and K, it’s no wonder fresh lettuce is the key to a hearty salad.

Lettuce offers many nutritional benefits and is full of flavor, without any calorie-induced guilt. In fact, leafy greens are credited with lowering the risk of heart disease, improving bone health and aiding the digestive system.

The most common leafy green varieties are iceberg, romaine and spinach. While all varieties offer … Full Article »

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Why Does Monsanto and its Vegetable Seed Brands Patent Vegetable Seeds? Featured Article

Ever wonder why Monsanto and its vegetable seed brands Seminis and De Ruiter use patents or Plant Variety Protection (PVP) certificates to protect its vegetable seed products? Here’s some information to help you understand why.

But first, a few facts on Patents and PVPs: 

Patents

  • Patents on vegetables are no different than other patents. The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) defines a patent as a property right granted by the Government of the United States of America to an inventor “to exclude others from making, using, offering for sale, or selling the invention throughout the United States or
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Are Monsanto’s Vegetable Seeds GMO? Featured Article

The answer is simple: the vast majority of the vegetable seeds that we develop and sell to farmers are not biotech/GMO.

Surprised?

Some might think that the $181 Million we spend annually in research and development for our vegetable seeds would no doubt go to developing GMO seeds, but actually well over 98% of that investment is focused on breeding for seeds that improve the quality and productivity of vegetables. That means great seeds for the farmers who grow great tasting, nutritious and affordable produce for you and me.

What do we do with that 2% or less that … Full Article »

Monsanto’s Seminis Home Garden Seed Business Featured Article

Spring has arrived in the northern hemisphere, and home gardeners are itching to plant their favorite fruit and vegetable varieties in their backyard gardens. Monsanto sells fruits and vegetable seeds through its subsidiary, Seminis Vegetable Seeds, for commercial farmers and home gardeners. Here’s a quick Q&A about the Seminis home garden business. 

What is Seminis?

Seminis Vegetable Seeds, Inc. (“Seminis”) has grown to be the world’s largest developer, grower and marketer of vegetable seeds. Monsanto purchased the Seminis business in 2005. Seminis offers seed for commercial farmers and home gardeners. For the home garden market, Seminis offers bean, … Full Article »

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Four U.S. Growers Share Their Obsession (for) Sweet Corn Featured Article

By Sean Battles
US Row Crops Communications

Looks great…Nice cob size and flavor nice color…Where did you get it?…If this is what GMO produces, maybe I need to re-consider a few things.

Grower Len Corzine in his field of sweet corn.

Last harvest, four growers heard those comments from friends, church members and neighbors.  The growers had planted, for the first time, Seminis® Performance Series™ Obsession II sweet corn.

Inclined to share their summer treat anyway, the growers decided to give away some sweet corn, this time, with advocacy in mind.   “Consumer education is especially important in areas where people are … Full Article »

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The Buzz on Sweet Corn

Recently, there has been a lot of buzz about one of Monsanto’s latest technology innovations, biotech sweet corn, or what we call Seminis Performance Series™ Sweet Corn. It has the potential to create sustainable improvements in sweet corn farming through the better use of resources and less reliance on pesticides.

Although this is a new product for Monsanto’s vegetable seed brand, Seminis®, for more than a decade farmers have been growing biotech sweet corn produced by another seed company with the beneficial, built-in protein (from Bacillus thuringiensis or Bt) that naturally occurs in the environment. This protein protects the … Full Article »

Video: Passionate About Cucumbers

Nischit Shetty is a breeder with Seminis, the Monsanto global vegetable seeds brand for open field crops. He breeds pickling and slicing cucumbers.

Nischit provide insights into the various stakeholders for cucumbers – such as pickle manufacturers for whom he needs to develop vegetable products to precise specifications – as well as his commitment to continuing the important sustainable agriculture work of fighting disease in vegetables.

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Video: Producing More Peppers Sustainably

Bill McCarthy, is a breeder with Seminis, the Monsanto global vegetable seeds brand for open field crops. He breeds a variety of peppers, including mini-peppers.

Bill talks about the various benefits peppers offer to consumers and his commitment to helping make vegetable growers more productive by delivering sustainable products that are more robust and require fewer pesticides to thrive.

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Video: Passion & Innovation Bring Benefits to Producers & Consumers

Ken Kmiecik breeds beans for Seminis, the Monsanto global vegetable seeds brand for open field crops.

Ken discusses the implications of disease resistance on grower success – in providing higher agriculture yields and ensuring that vegetables look appealing to consumers – and talks about his own history of becoming involved in agriculture and how much he enjoys the constant challenges in his role with vegetables at Monsanto.

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