A pioneer of agricultural technology is putting away her lab goggles for the last time. Mary-Dell Chilton is retiring from Syngenta, where she founded its biotech lab and researched plant genetics and biotechnology.
There are few more disheartening sites than a corn field, once full of promise, now lying flat on the ground. This will not only make harvest more difficult, but also put you at risk of leaving bushels in the field.
Prior to Bt technologies farmers lost $1 billion annually to CRW—in the form of chemical costs or actual yield loss. With resistance to traits on the rise, it might nibble its way back to a billion-dollar price tag.
In a historic moment, Bayer will likely complete its acquisition of Monsanto this Thursday. The $66 billion deal has been in the works for nearly two years, leaving many farmers wondering what it means for them.