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Brian Scott

Farmer

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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: what are the yield benefits for Bt. maize

Answered By Brian Scott - Aug 28, 2015

A: 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, fuel, and pesticide. This application may also kill non-pest or beneficial insects. Bt protection i [...]

Answered By Brian Scott - Aug 28, 2015

A: 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, fuel, and pesticide. This application may also kill non-pest or beneficial insects. Bt protection i [...]

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Q: what are the yield benefits for Bt. maize

Answered By Brian Scott - Aug 28, 2015

A: 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, fuel, and pesticide. This application may also kill non-pest or beneficial insects. Bt protection i [...]

Answered By Brian Scott - Aug 28, 2015

A: 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, fuel, and pesticide. This application may also kill non-pest or beneficial insects. Bt protection i [...]

Business Practices GMOs & Farmers

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Q: how do farmers benefit from genetic engineering crops and live stocks?

Answered By Brian Scott - Dec 04, 2015

A: 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 Ready, LibertyLink, and in the near future the possibilities of 2,4-D and dicamba tolerance increase t [...]

Answered By Brian Scott - Dec 04, 2015

A: 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 Ready, LibertyLink, and in the near future the possibilities of 2,4-D and dicamba tolerance increase t [...]

GMO Basics How GMOs Are Made

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Q: how do farmers benefit from genetic engineering crops and live stocks?

Answered By Brian Scott - Dec 04, 2015

A: 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 Ready, LibertyLink, and in the near future the possibilities of 2,4-D and dicamba tolerance increase t [...]

Answered By Brian Scott - Dec 04, 2015

A: 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 Ready, LibertyLink, and in the near future the possibilities of 2,4-D and dicamba tolerance increase t [...]

GMO Basics How GMOs Are Made

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Q: how do farmers use selective breeding with crops and live stocks?

Answered By Brian Scott - Dec 04, 2015

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 enter the equation. When we select the corn or soybeans varieties we want to grow each year we may not [...]

Answered By Brian Scott - Dec 04, 2015

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 enter the equation. When we select the corn or soybeans varieties we want to grow each year we may not [...]

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Q: how do farmers use selective breeding with crops and live stocks?

Answered By Brian Scott - Dec 04, 2015

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 enter the equation. When we select the corn or soybeans varieties we want to grow each year we may not [...]

Answered By Brian Scott - Dec 04, 2015

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 enter the equation. When we select the corn or soybeans varieties we want to grow each year we may not [...]

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Q: Where would I be able to purchase GMO seeds?

Answered By Brian Scott - Apr 25, 2016

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. Bt sweet corn is available, but I think you would have to contact a seed dealer who works with farmers like me o [...]

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Q: Do you feel that eventually organic foods will become obsolete? Why or why not?

Answered By Brian Scott - Apr 24, 2018

A: I don't see organic foods becoming obsolete in the future, but I could see what qualifies as certified organic changing over time. There is some debate right now about whether or not the meaning of organic is being diluted. For example, look at growing produce hydroponically. There are some who do not want hydroponics to fall under the organic label. They believe organic should be about taking care of the soil as much if not more than growing the crop, and when there's no soil involved they take issue. Then there's the issue of new tools entering the ag space. CRISPR-Cas9 is one [...]

GMO Basics