Monsanto Canada Inc.

Monsanto Canada Inc.

March 06, 2015 11:57 ET

Monsanto BioAg Introduces Granular Inoculant to Enhance Faba Bean Production

WINNIPEG, MANITOBA--(Marketwired - March 6, 2015) - Monsanto BioAg is set to introduce TagTeam® faba bean granular inoculant to growers this spring after receiving regulatory approval from the Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) last fall.

TagTeam® faba bean is a new dual action inoculant that provides balanced phosphate and nitrogen nutrition to the crop.

"TagTeam® faba bean is the only granular inoculant registered for use in faba beans in Canada and was developed with a specially-selected rhizobia strain to provide increased nitrogen fixation to the growing crop," said Darrell Wolkowski, Canadian business lead with Monsanto BioAg business based out of Saskatoon, Saskatchewan. "The rhizobia are combined with Penicillium bilaii, the active ingredient in JumpStart® inoculant, to help provide good phosphate nutrition which can result in more nodules being formed and more active nitrogen fixation."

Faba bean has a high nitrogen requirement and is an excellent nitrogen fixing pulse crop. When properly inoculated, faba bean can meet its entire nitrogen requirement through nitrogen fixation.

The granular formulation of TagTeam® faba bean provides ease of handling and application for growers. It is applied directly with the seed in the seed row using a granular applicator - eliminating the need for inoculating prior to seeding. TagTeam® faba bean also provides enhanced nutrient capability to support root and shoot growth.

"The synergy of the rhizobia bacteria and the P. Bilaii working together creates more fixed nitrogen for optimum yield potential and the best value in an inoculant," said Wolkowski.

Growers can order the new TagTeam® faba bean granular inoculant from their local retailer.

About Novozymes and the BioAg Alliance

Novozymes and Monsanto Company formed The BioAg Alliance in February 2014 to develop innovations for agriculture to boost productivity and further support the management of natural resources on the farm. The Alliance brings together Novozymes' capabilities for discovering, developing, and producing microbes and Monsanto's discovery capabilities, field testing, and market reach. To learn more about the BioAg Alliance visit: http://www.monsanto.com/products/pages/microbials.aspx

About Monsanto Canada

Headquartered in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Monsanto Canada Inc. is part of the larger global Monsanto Company. Monsanto is an agricultural company committed to bringing a broad range of solutions to help nourish our growing world. We produce a variety of seeds ranging from fruits and vegetables to key crops - such as corn, soybeans, canola and cotton - that help farmers produce abundant and nutritious food. We work to find sustainable agriculture solutions that help farmers conserve natural resources, use data to improve farming practices, use water and other important resources more efficiently, and protect their crops from pests and disease. Through programs and partnerships, we collaborate with farmers, researchers, nonprofit organizations, universities and others to help tackle some of the world's biggest challenges. To learn more about Monsanto, please visit: www.monsanto.ca or follow us on Twitter @MonsantoCda.

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