What are agronomic practices?
Monsanto has made a commitment to sustainable agriculture - this starts with improving the land and using it more efficiently. Agronomic practices are steps farmers incorporate into their farm management systems to improve soil quality, enhance water use, manage crop residue and improve the environment through better fertilizer management.
These steps not only improve a farmer’s bottom line by decreasing input costs, but also improve the environment by decreasing water use and over-fertilization. Agronomic practices are a vital part of Monsanto’s three pillars of sustainable agriculture. When used in conjunction with the other two -- biotechnology and breeding -- farmers can see significant increases in yield and improved quality of the land through agronomic practices.
Examples of agronomic practices
Agronomic practices encompass many areas of conservation from practicing reduced-tillage methods, which lessen the need to till the soil before each crop, to managing planting populations, which ensures crops are not over- nor under-crowded – and therefore are in optimal growing conditions. These small changes in farmers’ routines can yield major dividends at harvest.
What is Monsanto doing?
Monsanto is devoted to doubling yields by 2030 and helping farmers produce more while using fewer resources. Monsanto’s devotion to sustainability is dependent upon agronomics.
That’s why we’re continually researching ways to improve the effectiveness of agronomic practices. Data from these studies is used to determine the best environment for specific crop varieties.