Next Generation of RR Soybeans Arriving Soon

Chile-grown seed stock on its way; available for 2009.

Published on: Apr 30, 2008

Roundup Ready 2 Yield soybean seed is on its way to the United States, Jeff Wheeler, Asgrow business lead, reported yesterday. Then they'll be on their way to U.S. seedbean production fields to prepare for the planned introduction this fall.

The second generation of Monsanto's Roundup Ready soybeans offers the same weed control protection plus higher yield potential resulting from advanced gene mapping and insertion technology, according to Wheeler. What began with just a few pounds of seed two years ago will become hundreds of thousands of units by the fall of 2008.

Growing regions targeted

"We anticipate strong demand when Roundup Ready 2 Yield soybeans are commercially available," adds Wheeler. "Roundup Ready 2 Yield will serve as the primary platform for Monsanto's introduction of new soybean trait technologies, including higher yield, expanded herbicide tolerance and enhanced oil products."

For 2009, the seed will be available throughout Iowa, Nebraska, Ohio and Pennsylvania, plus most of Illinois and Indiana and portions of northern Missouri, Kansas, Maryland and portions of southern Minnesota, Wisconsin, Michigan and South Dakota.