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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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The Rookie Tractor Driver Featured Article

By Nick Weber
Monsanto Digital Team

As I eased into the padded seat of the John Deere® 3020 tractor with a four-row planter, I placed both hands on the steering wheel, more at 9 and 3 than 10 and 2, feeling nervous, excited and confident. Warren, my farmer host, hopped up on the wheel seat and quickly explained each part of the tractor.

There were four levers and a couple pedals on each side. On the right, a wide pedal wasn’t just one brake; it was for the left and right, whatever that meant. Warren pointed out the clutch on … Full Article »

Helping to Feed Honey Bees and Other Pollinators Featured Article

By Glynn Young
Online Communications Team

Almost two years ago, I happened to mention to Jerry Hayes, business director for Beeologics, that I was doing some home garden renovation.

“Monarda,” he replied.

“What?” I asked.

Monarda didyma

“Monarda, he repeated. “Plant some. It’s flourishes in Missouri and it’s great for honey bees, not to mention other pollinators.”

Jerry knows what he’s talking about, so I went to the local nursery a few blocks form my house and asked for Monarda. They had it. I bought two plants in six-inch pots.

Today I have a five-foot section of Monarda that bursts … Full Article »