Yesterday, Monsanto and Novozymes announced the BioAg Alliance, to discover, develop and sell microbial products to help farmers worldwide increased yields with less input. The subject of agricultural microbials is new and relatively unfamiliar, and Monsanto included a background page on the corporate web site that helps explain what microbials are and how they work.
Related links about the announcement:
Monsanto’s press release
Novozymes’s press release
Monsanto’s background information on agricultural microbials; the page includes a link for a replay of the conference call with news media
Novozymes Fact Sheet on the alliance
Monsanto and Novozymes infographic: What … Full Article »
The story of canola production in Canada is a great example of how private industry investment in breeding and biotechnology, coupled with an industry wide focus on improved agronomic practices, can lead to enhanced farm profitability generated by increased yields.
Canola is a “made–in-Canada” success story. Canola was originally called rapeseed and was produced for the industrial lubricant market from the 1940s to 1960s. In the 1960s, public sector Canadian scientists modified the oil profile to produce “double low rapeseed.” The name of the modified grain in Canada was formally changed to “canola” in 1974.
During these years, the yield … Full Article »
Monsanto established an aggressive target of doubling yields in four major crops over a 30-year period. This goal is highly relevant as global forecasted demand of corn, oilseeds and cotton over this same period will increase significantly.
Unfortunately, farmers’ abilities to meet this increase in demand by boosting yields (output per unit of land) is constrained by their access to innovative management practices and seed technology.
Monsanto is tracking progress against this production goal based on the policy environment established by the major producing countries of each crop. Based on a recent expert analysis by The Context Network, countries … Full Article »
While making the necessary progress in yield growth is essential to provide nourishment for a growing planet, Monsanto recognizes the need to achieve these gains while using fewer key resources in the process.
Consider these facts:
• Agricultural production occupies more than half of the habitable landscapes globally. According to a recent study by McKinsey & Company, even with crop yields growing at one percent annually, cropland area is set to expand by 175–220 million hectares to keep pace with food demand. This expansion is equivalent to an area the size of London, England, transformed to new cropland each … Full Article »
A report from Voice of America caught our attention this week: “Farmers Benefit from Insect-Killing Cotton.” It was a report that said researchers had determined that farmers in India using insect-resistant cotton had 24 percent high yields and 50 percent higher profits than those who didn’t.
The article simply cited a “new study.” We clicked on that link, and found ourselves at PNAS.org – the web site for the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. The specific link was to an abstract of the study by two researchers at the Department of Agricultural Economics and Rural Development … Full Article »
By Tyne Morgan
Not a sky scraper in sight: partially harvested corn with rolling New York hills in the background.
When you think of New York what pops into your mind? Maybe it’s New York City or Broadway, but it’s probably not agriculture or corn.
Much to my surprise, not only can farmers reach some outstanding corn yields, but the landscape in New York is beautiful (I think the above photo says it all).… Full Article »