Traits and technology pave way for higher crop yields

Traits and technology pave way for higher crop yields
Brent Schwenneker, manager of Monsanto’s Learning Center in Huxley, showed Farm Bureau members how seed-chipping technology allows breeders to quickly assess a seed’s desirable traits while preserving its viability for planting.

Iowa Farm Bureau members learned how the interaction of seed science, precision ag equipment and digital technology are helping farmers raise corn and soybean yields to new levels last week during a tour of the Monsanto Learning Center in Huxley.

“The core of (Monsanto’s) business has been a focus on seeds and traits,” said Brent Schwenneker, manager of the Huxley Learning Center. The addition of Climate Corporation data collection tools has allowed Monsanto “to hone in on making more informed decisions from the cab,” he said.

The tour was one...

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