Agronomic Practices

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.

Integrated Farming Systems

The IFS Platform works to deliver maximum yield to farmers through proprietary breeding technology combined with equipment technology advances, allowing farmers to easily manage our products and recommendations across their operations.

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Acceleron Seed Treatment Products

Another integral part of agronomics supported by Monsanto is Acceleron seed treatment products. Seed treatments are products applied to the seed before planting. They can provide protection from insects, fungi or nematodes, which often damage young plants. These treatments are coated on the seed prior to purchase and encourage healthy emergence.

The Generation V Planter

The latest addition to Monsanto’s product pipeline, BioDirect™ technology is our first agricultural biological technology we have in discovery . Leveraging our genomics expertise, BioDirect technology uses molecules found in nature that we expect to develop for use in topically applied crop protection and other products.

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