ST. LOUIS, Mo., June 3, 2008 – More than 400 farmers throughout the Midwest are planting production seed this spring to support the introduction of Roundup Ready 2 Yield™ soybeans in 2009.
This second-generation Roundup Ready® soybean technology is expected to generate strong demand when it is introduced next season. Monsanto depends on these production farmers to grow enough seed to help meet that demand. Participating farmers will also share information with Monsanto about the performance of the technology.
Stan Rush is a farmer-dealer from Greentown, Indiana, who is one of Indiana’s Roundup Ready 2 Yield production growers this year. As a dealer, he’s looking forward to showing his customers the new soybean technology that will be planted on approximately 230 acres. “A lot of my customers have been asking about Roundup Ready 2 Yield soybeans – we are all excited about the higher yield potential that they are going to bring,” said Rush. “That increased yield potential is going to help farmers keep up with the growing worldwide demand for soybeans while giving farmers a boost to their farming operation.”
Bruce Tiffany of Redwood Falls, Minnesota, is also planting Roundup Ready 2 Yield soybeans this spring. “The dedication that goes into the commercialization of Roundup Ready 2 Yield is very impressive, and I’m excited to be a part of that,” said Tiffany, who will plant two varieties of Roundup Ready 2 Yield production soybeans this spring. “It’s fun because there is always something new coming through the pipeline, and we take pride in planting the latest soybean technology on our farm.”
Mike Geske will be planting four varieties of Roundup Ready 2 Yield soybeans this spring on about 200 acres of his farm, which is located near Matthews, Mo. “We are looking forward to experiencing the new technology that comes with these soybeans,” says Geske. “I think the potential for more yield will be a big benefit for farmers once Roundup Ready 2 Yield soybeans become available.”
Roundup Ready 2 Yield soybeans provide the same flexible, dependable weed control and crop safety as Roundup Ready soybeans, but with higher yield potential. Four years of Monsanto field trials have demonstrated a yield advantage of 7 to 11 percent for Roundup Ready 2 Yield soybeans compared with the first-generation technology.
In 2009, Roundup Ready 2 Yield varieties will be available primarily in maturity groups 2 and 3, which are planted where more than 50 percent of U.S. soybeans are grown. This includes all of Iowa, Nebraska, Ohio and Pennsylvania; most of Illinois and Indiana; portions of northern Missouri, Kansas and Maryland; and portions of southern Minnesota, Wisconsin, Michigan and South Dakota.
When Roundup Ready 2 Yield soybeans are made available for commercial release and use, they will be subject to Monsanto Company’s comprehensive stewardship plans consistent with its Stewardship Policy for Commercialization of Biotechnology-Derived Plant Products in Commodity Crops. Roundup Ready 2 Yield soybean seed and any product of a Roundup Ready 2 Yield soybean seed or crop can only be exported to, or used, processed or sold in countries where all necessary regulatory approvals have been granted. It is a violation of national and international law to move material containing biotech traits across boundaries into nations where import is not permitted.
Always read and follow pesticide label directions. Roundup Ready® crops contain genes that confer tolerance to glyphosate, the active ingredient in Roundup® agricultural herbicides. Roundup agricultural herbicides will kill crops that are not glyphosate tolerant. Asgrow®, Roundup®, Roundup Ready® and Roundup Ready 2 Yield™ are trademarks of Monsanto Technology LLC. ©2008 Monsanto Company.