Monsanto this week announced that China, a key importer of U.S. corn grain and dried distillers grain solubles, has officially granted full regulatory import authorization for the MON 87460 trait in Genuity DroughtGard Hybrids as part of a broader series of approvals.
"With full import approvals in key export markets, farmers can market their grain more broadly this year," said Lisa Safarian, U.S. Row Crops Lead for Monsanto.
Farmers who purchased DroughtGard Hybrids for planting in 2013 signed a grain stewardship agreement committing to use the grain as on-farm feed or to sell the grain for domestic use due to pending import approvals in key export markets. With the approval in China, Monsanto will remove the grain stewardship requirements, and grain will no longer be required to remain in the domestic market.
The Genuity DroughtGard Hybrids system combines germplasm selected for its drought-tolerance characteristics, the drought-tolerance biotechnology trait and agronomic recommendations. The system is designed to help the corn plant use less water when drought stress occurs.
The drought tolerance trait in Genuity DroughtGard Hybrid's represents the first commercial offering of the company's joint R&D collaboration with BASF on yield and stress technologies.