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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Q: Are farmers bound to use Roundup instead of any other glyphosate herbicide when they by herbicide tolerant seed from Monsanto?
Posted On: Wednesday, 2/01/2017 4:52 am
Answered By: Brian Scott, Farmer, Wednesday, 4/05/2017 4:26 pm
A: The answer is no. In the tech agreement I sign when planting seeds from Monsanto, it states the farmer can use other brands of glyphosate. The catch is if you have an herbicide issue (not likely) you shouldn't call Monsanto if the problem is specific to the herbicide. I liken this to using a generic cough medicine from your pharmacy. You wouldn't call the name brand company if the generic gave you problems. Not only do farmers not have to use Roundup branded glyphosate, but they don... Continue Reading
Q: Since GMO crops do not reproduce, and you have to always use GM seeds, and since GM crops affect and contaminate Organic crops, wouldnt it be possible that we eventually destroy Organic foods, nature, Animals and human as we know them. Knowing that...
Posted On: Tuesday, 10/04/2016 1:08 am
Answered By: Brian Scott, Farmer, Tuesday, 10/18/2016 12:31 pm
A: Although this question covers some important topics, the basis of the question is unfounded. Let me start with GMO crops not reproducing. They absolutely reproduce. I grow corn and soybeans for a living. About half the corn is GMO and all of the soybeans are GMO. I buy seed to plant in my fields. That seed grows into fields of plants, which then produce their own seed that I sell as grain. If these crops were unable to reproduce I would have no grain to sell. One might ask if the seed produce... Continue Reading
Q: The main benefit of transgenic Bt crops is said to be a reduction in the use of insecticides, which is good for the environment. But Bt can also be sprayed on crops, as it done in Organic farming. If Bt is safe and effective as a spray, then how...
Posted On: Friday, 6/17/2016 3:02 pm
Answered By: Brian Scott, Farmer, Friday, 7/15/2016 6:28 pm
A: Excellent question. The benefit comes from less trips made across the field. The farmer is managing a pest problem the moment the seed is planted. When coming in to spray later you are sending another piece of equipment to the field which means a number of things are happening. Some amount of soil compaction will occur any time you drive across the ground. The sprayer also requires water to carry the pesticide. Most of what comes out of a sprayer is water, and we know water is a valuable... Continue Reading
Posted On: Sunday, 3/20/2016 9:34 pm
Answered By: Brian Scott, Farmer, Monday, 4/25/2016 12:45 pm
A: 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.... Continue Reading
Posted On: Wednesday, 11/04/2015 1:07 pm
Answered By: Brian Scott, Farmer, Friday, 12/04/2015 9:58 am
A: 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... Continue Reading