Recently, while working on a soil sampling project, I stopped on a field road between corn and soybeans.



I was curious as to how a major July windstorm had affected both crops. I was surprised. The corn was standing straight without insect damage and there were no weeds as far as I could see down the row.



Likewise, the soybean field was without weeds. Even though summer rainfall in the area has been marginal, there was an excellent probability of high yields.



The corn hybrid and soybean variety were obviously products of biotechnology. Thinking back to production practices of 40 years ago, the yield potential would have been much lower given the same growing conditions. Yet, there are some who would have farmers go back to production practices of 40 years ago when they oppose advances in biotechnology.



I simply don't understand that thinking. There is, in my opinion, no substitute for the advances brought about with biotechnology. The crops are not stressed and have much better root systems. The improvement in root growth not only sets the stage for higher yields, it reduces soil erosion and increases the efficiency of nutrient uptake.



Because of advances in biotechnology and other technologies, crop yields are higher and usage of agri-chemicals has been reduced substantially.



The farmer of today, with the help of ag professionals, produces an abundant supply of food of high nutritional value and completely safe for consumption. At the same time, there is better protection of the environment than in the past.



The introduction of biotechnology in production agriculture has been a win-win situation for all. It simply means more food with less potential for environmental harm. I tip my hat to today's farmer for a job well done.