April 20, 2016. Rowland, North Carolina.
Ricky Acosta, one of Bo Stone's full time employees, loads the seed bins on the farm's planting machine with GM corn from Pioneer. Acosta, who is from Mexico, has worked on the farm for 15 to 20 years.
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".