April 20, 2016. Rowland, North Carolina.
Bo Stone stands near the equipment shed of his 2300 acre farm. The farm has 2 full time employees, and hires on temporary workers during the busy seasons.
Bo Stone, age 44, runs a 2300 acre farm near the South Carolina border. After 5 generations of tobacco farming, Stone helped to move his family farm over to corn, wheat, soybeans, and strawberries 7 years ago.
While his corn crop is entirely made up of stacked genetically modified strains of corn, Stone says he chose the varieties primarily for their yield characteristics, but having the ability to utilize their herbicide tolerant traits if a weed gets out of control is "another tool in my toolbox".