TAYLORVILLE — Ag Production and Innovation, this week’s focus for the Christian County Leadership program, took participants to Stonington’s Monsanto Seed Research and Manufacturing plant recently amd to the GSI Taylorville facility. Farm implements are shown above at the Monsanto facility.
CHRISTIAN COUNTY — Ag Production and Innovation, this week’s focus for the Christian County Leadership program, took participants to Stonington’s Monsanto Seed Research and Manufacturing plant and GSI’s Taylorville facility. Greg Scanlan, project engineer for Monsanto’s Stonington, Ill. plant, shared the research and development process for next generation soybean seeds, which can take seven to eight years or longer from initial breeding through the strict government approval process. The primary goal at the Stonington plant is to produce seed that will help farmers utilize their energy, water and land resources more efficiently, and this process takes Lead participants were able to view first-hand the research, development, and manufacturing aspects of soybean seed production. Participants also toured the production tower and warehouse where commercial seed varieties are cleaned, sorted, treated, weighed and processed for shipment and then distributed to dealers throughout the Midwest.
The final stop of the afternoon was to GSI’s Taylorville plant, where participants first viewed a display of all poultry and swine feeding equipment manufactured locally. Human Resources Manager, Desiree Becker, then took Lead members on a tour of the manufacturing floor, where both poultry and swine protein production systems are built. The GSI Taylorville plant recently invested in robotic equipment, programmed by a mechanical engineer to punch and bend sheet metal, speeding up the manufacturing process. The newest building on the GSI grounds is an extruding facility, where PVC and HDPE pellets are molded into pipes used in the feed delivery systems, and swine wall panels. These panels are made from inter-connecting tongue-and-groove panels which can be easily erected and taken down in confinement hog operations.