Mike Stephens, Ph.D.

Biotech Yield and Stress Program, Monsanto Company

I was born and educated in the UK with degrees in Microbiology and Plant Pathology. I am married to a farmer's daughter and often seem to have a greater passion for farming than my wife! I have worked in the seed industry in the USA for 24 years. For most of that time I have worked on insect and drought stress tolerance in crop plants, especially corn.

It has been very exciting seeing research started more than 10 years ago coming to be used in the field today and also seeing the beneficial impact of those products have on farmer productivity and reducing pesticide use and costs. I continue to work on approaches to enhance crop yield and lower input costs in crops for the next generation of products.

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Posted On: Saturday, 10/05/2013 6:04 pm
A: There is often more than one solution to a challenge; and similar to corn and other crops, a farmer could most effectively address this specific challenge through a systems approach. For example, there are a number of reports out of China that support farmers changing their agronomic practices to reduce emissions. There seems to be a growing consensus that mid-season drainage decreases the emissions from rice paddy fields as long as nitrogen is applied in appropriate doses. According to... Continue Reading
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