I agree we need better definitions. But by all current definitions of GMO, including the ones that lay persons use, no all grain grown today is certainly not GMO. GMO has a specific meaning, which is that the genes have been manipulated directly in the cell by chemical, radiation, or other means. Conventional breeding, regardless of the fact that genes are being selected and influenced by the breeder, is not GMO under any definition that I know of, be it scientific, or the ignorant masses.With the grain business we need far better definition of things like GMO. ALL GRAIN GROWN COMMERCIALLY TODAY IS GMO.
And that would be why? Unless you are referring to weed control, harvest is pretty trouble free without glyphosate for us. Not that there aren't cases where it is necessary.Stopping using glyphosate voluntarily as a pre harvest aid is like committing suicide before going to the electric chair.
Two years now with no pre-harvest anything, glyphosate/reglone/heat. No swather either. I think there will be times where the swather might be handy still but something just didn't feel right about spraying a crop right before harvest.And that would be why? Unless you are referring to weed control, harvest is pretty trouble free without glyphosate for us. Not that there aren't cases where it is necessary.
I'm not going to get into an argument about how we do things vs how others do things. We use tools available to us. I'm not throwing away my 9/16 wrench because it might be taken from me at some point in the future.
In the mean time, its likely wise to get a 6” thumb wrench so (if)(when) they do take your 9/16 away you can still complete your tasks.I'm not going to get into an argument about how we do things vs how others do things. We use tools available to us. I'm not throwing away my 9/16 wrench because it might be taken from me at some point in the future.
But your wrench won't be taken away if it's used properly. If you smack someone across the head with it, then it will be taken away. I don't believe you would be one of the few farmers to apply it wrong from seeing on here your farming practices, I'm always impressed with how you operate. It's the few others that cause the problems that worry me.
Frankly, I think that's a fair request.2 weeks ago, my employer received a letter saying there was a ban on using glyphosphate for preharvest burn down in the edible beans. Any type of desiccant must be pre-approved. Thank you Europe.
Well okay, not soaked (That word is a tad emotive, I admit) but absorption and translocation of chemical into the plant and seed, if still green, does take place.
Yeah that was pushing it a wee bit. Truth is the pod would be sprayed with a very minute amount, and then at harvest the pod goes out the back of the combine.
They don't want to "understand," that would cause them to question their green religion. If they question their religion they will be on the "outs" in their broccoli taliban group meetings. Many people have their identity wrapped up in this religion and questioning their beliefs is a threat to their identity.That's the problem, go on any non-farming forum and read what people think we are doing to our crops. Almost every time it comes to chemical use, they use the term "soaked", like we are bathing the crop in it. No matter how you try to explain things to them, they just don't understand it. 99% of the population is so far removed from agriculture they don't have a clue what we do, and unfortunately we need them to eat so we can make a living. They have the last say.