Growers impressed with Genuity soybeans

Farmers who planted Genuity Roundup Ready 2 Yield soybeans this season say they are optimistic and impressed by the performance of this next-generation technology at this point in the season.

More than 16,000 farmers planted Genuity Roundup Ready 2 Yield soybeans with the Acceleron seed treatment on about 1.5 million acres across the Midwest in 2009. With harvest approaching, many of these growers are encouraged by the flowering, pod fill and overall plant health they are observing — all early physiological indicators of strong yield potential.

Bill Couser, who farms in Nevada, Iowa, said he is impressed with the performance he is seeing. “My Genuity Roundup Ready 2 Yield beans are coming along really well,” Couser said. “They’re my nicest-looking beans and the furthest along so far. They are flowering and starting to pod. They are by far the most uniform fields as far as standability, and everything just looks superb.”

New Castle, Ohio, farmer Steve Mumma described the appearance of his Genuity Roundup Ready 2 Yield beans as “terrific.” “Compared to the original Roundup Ready technology, these beans are really podding well,” he noted. “At this stage, the growth and overall plant health is impressive, so I’m expecting good results. No question on that.”

A number of farmers noted that their Genuity Roundup Ready 2 Yield beans are performing well despite challenging weather this season. “We had a lot of wet weather, which set us back two weeks at planting, but my Genuity Roundup Ready 2 Yield beans are looking good,” said Brian Renbarger of Greentown, Ind.

“There’s a good amount of pods per plant with a lot of blooms on them. I have favorable expectations for these beans in August.”

In several years of Monsanto field trials and in production fields last season, this next-generation technology demonstrated a significant yield advantage over original Roundup Ready soybeans and has consistently shown excellent plant health and early season vigor. This higher yield potential was also attributed in part to a higher average number of beans per pod when Genuity Roundup Ready 2 Yield soybeans were compared with the first-generation technology.

“Genuity Roundup Ready 2 Yield technology delivers more power in the pod,” said Lisa Flynn, Monsanto U.S. Soy Traits Marketing Manager. “More beans per pod results in higher yield and profit potential for U.S. soybean farmers.”

Flynn added that Genuity Roundup Ready 2 Yield is the only soybean biotech trait on the market designed to boost yields. Using advanced insertion and selection technologies, Monsanto scientists were able to select a new biotech event where the Roundup Ready gene is located in a region of the soybean genome that has a positive impact on yield. Doing so delivers all the benefits of the Roundup Ready weed control system with significantly higher yield potential than the first-generation technology.

Yield enhancements made possible by Monsanto’s family of Genuity traits support the company’s sustainable agriculture goals of helping farmers double yields by the year 2030 to meet growing global demand for food, feed and fuel.

For the 2010 season, Genuity Roundup Ready 2 Yield soybeans will be expanded to additional geographies with many new varieties available in the upper Midwest, and introduced for the first time to some of the largest soybean-producing areas of the southern U.S.

To view photos of Genuity Roundup Ready 2 Yield mid-season performance, click here.