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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 Green Data Revolution’s Role in Feeding Our Growing Population Featured Article

By Mike Stern
President and Chief Operating Officer, The Climate Corporation and Vice-President, Monsanto

The 1940s ushered in the first wave of what is now called the Green Revolution, which brought significant advancements in plant breeding. This era was quickly followed by additional waves of innovation in advanced breeding and biotechnology, which helped reduce risk and increase food production. The advances seen in the Green Revolution helped us to feed more than 2 billion people who joined our population over that time.

Today, we believe that we’re on the cusp of another important wave of innovation, the Green Data Revolution, … Full Article »

Climate Change and Our Food: Global Perspective Featured Article

For most of us, climate change is hard to wrap our heads around.  We don’t see it in the daily weather report, even though the weather is more unpredictable these days.  It’s not apparent when we draw a glass of water or check items off our lists at the grocery store, even though it might be impacting availability of both fresh water and food.

Climate change is happening, though, and it’s posing new challenges that can impact our food supply and our quality of life.  Diplomats from around the world are discussing and debating potential solutions this week at the … Full Article »

A Proactive Approach Made the Difference in Corn Rootworm Control This Season Featured Article

By John Chambers, Global Corn Technology Lead

Over the summer, I had the opportunity to drive through such states as Iowa and Illinois and admire some tremendous corn fields. Now, as we head into a record setting harvest season, I can’t help but feel proud of how farmers and the agriculture industry overall managed to minimize corn rootworm damage this season, to help maximize this crop’s growth potential.

Over the past several years, farmers, academics, seed companies, and retailers have worked together to identify Best Management Practices (BMPs) to help manage corn rootworm, one of the most devastating pestsFull Article »

Tomatoes in Tight Spaces: Choosing Seeds for Success Featured Article

By Amalia
Vegetables Division

I have always loved pouring over seed catalogues and imagining picture perfect, magazine-worthy raised bed gardens bursting with enough to put food by for the winter and share with my neighbors.  I imagine my children frolicking out to the garden to pluck ripe tomatoes from the vine and sinking their teeth into the fresh, warm-from-the-sun goodness or nibbling on some kale or chard, or, you know, eating any kind of vegetable willingly, really.

I was so excited when we moved out to Ventura County.  Here we are, in the heart of produce-growing country!  We are surrounded … Full Article »

Helping Farmers Recover From Catastrophic Frost in Sinaloa, Mexico Featured Article

By Elizabeth Niven

Located east of the southern tip of the Baja Peninsula, between the Gulf of California and the mountain spurs of the Sierra Madre Occidental, the fertile Sinaloa valley in Mexico produces 25 percent of Mexico’s annual corn crop, which is 50 percent of the corn used for tortillas, Mexico’s main food source.

In February 2010, freezing temperatures in Sinaloa wiped out 90 percent of this corn crop, an overwhelming loss to the Mexican economy that potentially would impact local food resources and the international corn market.

This untimely weather event shocked Sinaloa farmers.

Initially irrigation farmers flooded … Full Article »


Managing Corn Rootworm Populations Requires Increased Diligence in Weather-Stressed Environments Featured Article

Ty Vaughn, Monsanto’s Corn Product Management Lead, answers questions regarding some of the weather and agronomic challenges growers are facing across the Corn Belt.

How is the season progressing this year?
This year, agriculture is being challenged with a widespread lack of moisture and this, in turn, is creating immense stress on corn and soybean crops. This situation began in 2011 with a very hot and dry fall, which was then followed by an unusually warm and dry winter. In addition, the warm spring accelerated planting and some of the challenges that normally appear later in the season, such as … Full Article »