Brian Scott

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Brian Scott

Farmer

Brian Scott is a farmer in northwest Indiana with his dad and grandpa on 2,300 acres of land, where they raise corn, soybeans, popcorn, and wheat. Scott is a Purdue Ag Alumni with a Bachelor’s degree in Soil and Crop Management, and his current passion is precision agriculture. His family employs biotechnology, and because it is a hot topic, he advocates for it openly. Through his blog and guest articles on other sites such as CNN’s Eatocracy, he writes about technology use agreements farmers choose to sign and debunks myths about how farmers are “slaves” to big corporations.

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Posted on March 20, 2016
Response from Brian Scott, Farmer • April 25, 2016
The question "Where would I be able to purchase GMO seeds?" depends on who is wanting to buy them. A farmer, like myself, can go to a seed dealer and buy genetically modified corn and soybeans to raise on his farm. With that purchase there will likely be a contract to sign along with information on how to properly steward the technology. For the home consumer there aren't currently any GMO options I'm aware of that one can go out and buy from, say, a home and garden center.... Read More
Posted on November 4, 2015
Response from Brian Scott, Farmer • December 4, 2015
Selective breeding of crops has been a tool of agriculture for thousands of years. Simply trying to breed plants to combine desired traits was and still is an important part of bringing about crops that yield more, stand better, or resist pests and disease more effectively. We farm many types of soils on our farm. Much of what we work with is good, dark soil or clay ground. But here in Indiana once we drive a few miles and get up to our rented ground North of US 24 soils change. Sandy soils... Read More
Posted on November 4, 2015
Response from Brian Scott, Farmer • December 4, 2015
The genetic engineering (GE) of crops helps farmers in several ways. Using GE to employ herbicide tolerance traits in crops is very helpful. I like to think of the traits as additional tools in my agronomic toolbox. This is particularly true for our soybeans. There are of course herbicide options for conventional soybeans, but the chemicals available aren't as plentiful or possibly even as effective as all the choices I have for a grass crop like corn. Added herbicide traits like Roundup... Read More
Posted on March 17, 2015
Response from Brian Scott, Farmer • August 28, 2015
The benefits of Bt come into play when a field experiences pest pressure. Often these pest are corn rootworm and European corn borer. When an infestation of maize/corn pests is present in a field the Bt trait or traits in a plant protect a plant from damage immediately.  In a non-Bt environment, a farmer won't make an insecticide application until he knows the threat is present at an economically damaging level. This application during the growing season will take time, equipment,... Read More
Posted on February 20, 2015
Response from Brian Scott, Farmer • August 3, 2015
On our farm we used GMO crops for two reasons:  We use Bt traits in our corn to control below ground pests that like to eat corn roots, and to protect the plant above ground as well. The second reason is to expand the range of tools available to us for weed control via herbicide tolerance traits.   Allow me to explain further.   With Bt corn traits our crop is protected from infestations of particular corn pests. These pests must munch on a corn plant to be... Read More
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