Glyphosate Management – Part 3 of 3

Read the following for the conclusion to Matt Goslings 3 part series he wrote after a trip to Monsanto HQ in Winnipeg.

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The investment towards developing crops with certain genes is HUGE!  $100Million a year are spent in Western Canada on canola germ plasm alone!  Sadly, cereal grain budgets are leaps and bounds less. I predict that amount will be microscopic after hearing about the new technology in RNA interference (RNAi) and the BioDirect system from Monsanto. There’s plenty of cool information on the web on this as it’s too complicated for me to explain in a few words. But, in one sentence, this product will be able to shut off the glyphosate resistant gene in certain weeds, making them susceptible to the herbicide again.  This technology extends into potential cures for a lot of human ailments as well, which I’m sure will be of great controversy… or not.

Good, sound agronomy will always play an important role in sustainable agriculture, and it will be a combined effort from everyone involved.  Overall, I was very impressed with the professionalism, diligence, and proactive attitude that Monsanto exhibited during our time with them, and I extend a similar voice for most of the agriculture companies that we’ve had exposure to.  At the end of the day, we’re all helping grow more food on a given area in one of the most honest and honorable services humankind can practice.

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In other news, Premium Ag has been gearing up for spring! Seed Treating is about to begin, Soil Sampling and Spreading are going hard and we just celebrated Ethans birthday with an ice cream cake! 

Enjoy these last calm minutes before seeding starts, everyone!



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