Monsanto Canada Inc.

Monsanto Canada Inc.

November 12, 2008 09:00 ET

DEKALB® Brand Brings New Roundup Ready 2 Yield™ Soybeans to Growers in 2009

GUELPH, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - Nov. 12, 2008) - Ontario growers will be able to plant the newest and most advanced DEKALB brand soybean varieties available in North America in 2009.

The DEKALB brand will offer two new Roundup Ready 2 Yield soybean varieties with a yield-protecting insecticide seed treatment. The new varieties are part of Monsanto's commitment to providing Canadian growers the best-performing soybeans available.

"We're excited about the advanced genetics in our Roundup Ready 2 Yield soybeans for 2009," says Denise Hockaday, DEKALB marketing manager. "The DEKALB brand is proud to provide Canadian growers with the latest advances at the same time as growers are receiving access to them in the U.S."

More precise genetic trait insertion combined with proven high performance in ongoing research and regional trials provides growers with more power in the pod. More three-bean pods in Roundup Ready 2 Yield soybeans deliver yields that are 7 per cent to 11 per cent greater than those of Roundup Ready® soybeans, Hockaday says.

Unparalleled Technology of Roundup Ready 2 Yield

Roundup Ready 2 Yield soybeans, the result of leading-edge gene-mapping and targeted breeding techniques, deliver better stands, hardier plants and improved yields, all of which add up to a better bottom line for growers, says Bob Thirlwall, DEKALB Agronomist.

"Roundup Ready 2 Yield beans are exactly what growers have been asking for," Thirlwall says. "Better technology, better performance and better yields."

"It's a great story," he says. "Over the past 12 years since the first Roundup Ready soybean was introduced in 1996, researchers have learned so much. Improving the placement of key traits in the gene truly offers a positive impact on yield."

Thirlwall, who works on a daily basis with growers from London, Ontario, south to Windsor along the U.S. border, says Canadian growers are excited about the new Roundup Ready 2 Yield soybeans. Tests over four years by Monsanto show that Roundup Ready 2 Yield soybeans, on average, produce yields that are 7 per cent to 11 per cent(i) greater than those of Roundup Ready soybeans.

The DEKALB brand will be offering Roundup Ready 2 Yield soybeans in bags with a uniform number of 140,000 seeds, similar to how corn is sold today. This will help growers more efficiently plan their seeding rates and add consistency to seeds per unit. By offering insecticide Roundup Ready 2 Yield soybeans, the DEKALB brand will provide Canadian growers both seed that is tried and tested specifically for Ontario and seed that has extra protection from insect pressure.

"Yield is important to growers, and so the DEKALB brand offers every protection possible to help growers ensure that their soybeans perform as well as possible," Hockaday says.

Also new for DEKALB brand Roundup Ready 2 Yield soybeans in 2009 will be a revised naming structure that will make it easier to identify varieties as Roundup Ready 2 Yield with the use of an "RY" at the end rather than an "R." The nomenclature will continue to identify heat units for the soybeans, making the naming transition easy to understand.

"Roundup Ready 2 Yield soybeans are truly the next generation of soybean technology," Hockaday says. "The DEKALB brand is proud to offer this advancement to growers."

2009 DEKALB brand Roundup Ready 2 Yield Soybeans



The new DEKALB varieties of Roundup Ready 2 Yield soybeans for 2009 are:

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DEKALB Soybean Product Trait Heat Units
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31-10RY(i) Roundup Ready 2 Yield 3125 CHU
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32-60RY(i) Roundup Ready 2 Yield/SCN 3250 CHU
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(i)Pending registration


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(i) Roundup Ready 2 Yield soybeans yield 7% to 11% higher than Roundup Ready soybeans based on 73 Monsanto U.S. field trials (17-20 per year) from 2004-2007. Four-year average for Roundup Ready 2 Yield equals 8.63, with a 95% confidence interval that growers should experience between 6.8% and 10.5% advantage from Roundup Ready 2 Yield.

ALWAYS READ AND FOLLOW PESTICIDE LABEL DIRECTIONS. Individual results may vary, and performance may vary from location to location and from year to year. This result may not be an indicator of results you may obtain as local growing, soil and weather conditions may vary. Growers should evaluate data from multiple locations and years whenever possible.

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 tolerant to glyphosate. 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.

Roundup®, Roundup Ready®, Roundup Ready 2 Yield™, Monsanti imagine and the Vine Design are trademarks of Monsanto Technology LLC, Monsanto Canada, Inc. licensee. DEKALB® is a registered trademark of DEKALB Genetics Corporation, Monsanto Canada, Inc. licensee. (c)2008 Monsanto Canada Inc.

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