Texan Meets Midwest

Living, learning, loving agriculture

Inbred Seed Corn Production 101

Last summer I worked at one of our commercial, hybrid seed-corn production sites in Illinois. During that time, I learned all about how the hybrid corn seeds farmers plant are produced. Since then, I accepted a new role in Iowa… Continue Reading →

Loving, Gentle, & Kind

Last October, my grandparents celebrated their 75th wedding anniversary. At nearly 97 years old, they spent the better part of their lives together. Their marriage weathered challenging times in our history like the Great Depression, multiple wars, and unrest that many today wouldn’t have… Continue Reading →

Flat Aggie Visits Monsanto

Several days ago my old Monsanto soybean site in Illinois hosted a special visitor – Flat Aggie! Aggie has been traveling across the country visiting different farms and learning all about agriculture. Her story gets shared to over 540 students… Continue Reading →

Goodbye Ashton, Hello Williamsburg

Exactly two years ago, on Martin Luther King Day, I started my new job with Monsanto in Ashton, Illinois. In about an hour, Ashton will be in my rear-view mirror as I make the drive to Williamsburg, Iowa to start… Continue Reading →

Country Christmas Connection

My journey in blogging started almost exactly one year ago. In the past year this journey has introduced me to an amazing online community of bloggers and agriculturists who have helped me grow in many ways. So it was with… Continue Reading →

Lessons learned at AgChat

At AgChat’s 2016 Cultivate & Connect Conference I expected to learn how to become a better advocate for agriculture. As usual, my expectations were blown out of the water. I learned many valuable things about engineering networks, telling my story,… Continue Reading →

Preparing for the 2016 Cultivate & Connect Conference

It’s no secret I’m pumped about attending the AgChat Foundation’s 2016 Cultivate & Connect Conference this December (8th-9th). I realize the Conference is still approximately 89.5 days away (who’s counting?), but I already started some preliminary preparations since I needed… Continue Reading →

Hybrid Seed Corn Production 101

Corn production in the US In 2016, the USDA estimates 94.1 million acres of corn was planted in the United States. With an average planting population of about 34,000 kernels per acre, that means farmers planted almost 3.2 trillion corn seeds… Continue Reading →

Soybean Seed Production 101

My first role at Monsanto was as a Production Associate at a soybean seed production facility. This was an entry-level management position with responsibilities that included overseeing our in-house quality lab, performing quality tests, managing data, field inspecting, and product stewardship. That’s… Continue Reading →

Twitter analytics for dummies

Happy Social Media Day! Twitter has quickly become my favorite social media platform. While I’ve been using it with increasing frequency over the last nine months, I’ve only just now become interested in its Analytics feature. (As in literally a… Continue Reading →

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