Strong Harvest Results Demonstrate Monsanto Company's Position As Industry
Yield Leader; Chief Technology Officer Robb Fraley Presents Final 2012 Product
Genuity® Roundup Ready 2 Yield® soybeans outyield competitive products for
fourth consecutive year, solidifying status as industry leading platform and
setting stage for growth
ST. LOUIS, Nov. 28, 2012
ST. LOUIS, Nov. 28, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- Final harvest data for the 2012 U.S.
growing season confirms Monsanto Company (NYSE: MON) corn and soybean products
maintained a significant yield advantage compared to competitors, despite one
of the most difficult growing seasons on record, Chief Technology Officer Robb
Fraley, Ph.D., told investors today at Citi's 5th Annual Basic Materials
Symposium in NewYork. Highlighting the expansion and integration of the
company's research and development platforms, Fraley noted Monsanto is
uniquely positioned to deliver the best total yield package for farmers.
Fraley presented final 2012 harvest results, highlighting updated yield data
for the company's corn platform, Genuity^® Roundup Ready 2 Yield^® soybean
performance data and new results from its Integrated Farming Systems^™ on-farm
"Monsanto is committed to developing innovative, sustainable agriculture
products that deliver outstanding yield," Fraley said. "This season's strong
results, even against the backdrop of the devastating drought we witnessed
throughout the country, reinforce our ability to deliver on our commitments to
our farmer customers, and we look forward to providing an even stronger
toolkit of solutions in the future."
Soybean Platform Delivers Greater Yield, Sets Stage for Next Wave of Soybean
In its fourth year of deployment, Genuity^® Roundup Ready 2 Yield^® products
extended their yield advantage versus competitive first-generation Roundup
Ready^® soybeans, achieving a more than 4.5 bushels per acre national yield
advantage, Fraley said. With their highest yield advantage since commercial
introduction, Genuity^® Roundup Ready 2 Yield^® soybeans demonstrated strong
performance in every major growing region, reflecting the broad availability
of more than 300 varieties as the company reached critical mass in its
The company expects the Genuity^® Roundup Ready 2 Yield^® platform growth to
continue, with another step up in total acres in 2013. Fraley added that the
soybean platform is set to deliver more growth in the coming years, including
the addition of both Intacta RR2 PRO^™ and Roundup Ready^® 2 Xtend soybeans,
each representing a significant global opportunity.
The Roundup Ready^® Xtend Crop System is intended to offer more consistent,
flexible control of weeds, especially tough-to-manage and glyphosate-resistant
weeds, Fraley noted, adding that the system is on track for Ground
Breakers(SM) on-farm field trials under permit next season and introduction to
U.S. soybean farmers in 2014, pending regulatory approval.
"Building on the success of the Genuity^® Roundup Ready 2 Yield^® platform,
we're preparing to enter the next phase of innovation in soybeans," Fraley
said. "Through the combination of an expanding stacked-trait platform, the
acceleration of breeding improvements and the addition of improved agronomic
practices, this is the deepest soybean pipeline I've seen in my career and one
that will continue to deliver additional value to farmers."
Corn Products Maintain Long-Standing Yield Advantage
Fraley also highlighted final corn harvest data for the 2012 growing season,
which reinforces Monsanto's long-standing yield advantage. In 2012, DEKALB^®
germplasm maintained its historical advantage relative to competitive
products, outperforming all competitors with an average 8.3 bushels per acre
DroughtGard^™ Hybrids also demonstrated strong performance in 2012 trials this
season, with commercially projected products showing a yield advantage of more
than 5 bushels per acre over competitor hybrids in the Western Great Plains,
Integrated Farming Systems Boosts Yield Opportunity
Fraley also cited the company's progress in its newest technology platforms,
including Integrated Farming Systems^™. Fraley noted that Monsanto's
Integrated Farming Systems^™ platform utilizes the company's unique
understanding of hybrid and variety performance to develop planting
prescriptions that can help maximize the yield potential in every seed.
FieldScripts(SM), which will provide a variable rate seeding prescription and
a recommendation for the best corn hybrid to use in a farmer's field, will be
the first commercial product from the Integrated Farming Systems^™ platform,
"We have seen consistent yield gains when farmers use FieldScripts(SM),"
Fraley said. "In fact, farmers who tested FieldScripts(SM) this season
achieved an additional 5-10 bushels per acre advantage. This is exciting
technology and one I believe has the opportunity to significantly increase
The company will conduct Ground Breakers(SM) on-farm testing next season for
FieldScripts(SM), Fraley explained. The company is planning a limited launch
of FieldScripts(SM) in the key states of Illinois, Indiana, Iowa and Minnesota
for the 2014 season.
Fraley's presentation will be webcast at 12:45 p.m. central time today.
Presentation slides and a simultaneous audio webcast of the conference call
may be accessed by visiting www.monsanto.com/investors. Visitors may need to
download Windows Media Player™ prior to listening to the webcast. Following
the live broadcast, a replay of the webcast will be available on the Monsanto
website for three weeks.
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