Disease-control traits are also being developed to better arm growers with resistance to Asian soybean rust and other diseases that strike with a simple change in the way the wind blows.

Rust resistance is expected toward the end of the decade.

Monsanto has several disease-resistant traits in its pipeline. Asian rust-resistant beans are in a later period of development; a new allele for SCN-resistant beans is in early development; and fungal-resistant soybeans are in early development, Fuchs says.

Showalter says Syngenta’s been launching new varieties featuring Peking SCN resistance since 2009. “Peking is an alternative to the widely used PI88788 gene,” he says, “and Syngenta is evaluating additional solutions to managing SCN which could include seed treatments and new resistant sources for soybeans.”