DEKALB® Root System Delivers Deeper Roots To Help Plants Withstand Drought Stress This Planting Season

  DEKALB® Root System Delivers Deeper Roots To Help Plants Withstand Drought
                         Stress This Planting Season

PR Newswire

ST. LOUIS, March 13, 2013

ST. LOUIS, March 13, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- With the effects of last
season'sdrought still being felt in many states, farmers are looking for ways
to help mitigate risk as they head into planting season. Farmers across the
Corn-Growing Area have selected DEKALB® drought-tolerant corn plants with
deep, strong root structures to help withstand drought conditions and reduce
yield loss.

A root comparison study was conducted at Monsanto's Gothenburg Water
Utilization Learning Center in Gothenburg, Neb., that showed the benefits of
deeper root systems. The study incorporated a root dig and revealed the
featured DEKALB product to have a significantly deeper, more evenly spread
root structure than competitive products. DEKALB brand's thick, deep root
structure allows corn plants to reach crucial moisture locked within the
subsoil, sucking up more water, nutrients and ultimately leading to healthier
ears and outstanding yield potential.

"DEKALB brand has really been a leader in the development of what's going on
below ground, so they can produce 700 to 800 kernels per ear," said Michael
Petersen, lead agronomist with Orthman Manufacturing, a tillage and
earth-moving company which participated in the root dig excavation.

Petersen said because more water and more nutrients are contained from 30 to
80 inches below ground, deeper roots can help plants withstand lengthy drought
stress. "We see that when we have a deeper root system, it has a chance to be
able to get water from all of that soil profile compared with only taking it
predominantly from the upper 20 inches," he explained.

According to the U.S. Drought Monitor accessed through the USDA website, many
states across the United States currently display drought conditions ranging
from severe to exceptional, including regions in the Western Great Plains.
For 2013, corn farmers in these areas can look forward to deeper roots and
strong yields with DEKALB® Genuity® DroughtGard™ Hybrids—Monsanto's latest
tool for combating drought stress. DEKALB will lead the stewarded commercial
introduction of new Genuity® DroughtGard™ Hybrids this season.

Genuity® DroughtGard™ Hybrids combine the DEKALB brand's drought-tolerant
genetics, which have been developed through the brand's industry leading
breeding program, with the industry's first drought-tolerant biotech trait and
agronomic practices. In the 2012 growing season, Genuity DroughtGard Hybrids
experienced strong performance in trials, with commercial products showing a
yield advantage of more than 5 bushels-per-acre over competitor hybrids.

"The Gothenburg root dig demonstrated the superiority of DEKALB®
drought-tolerant genetics," said Mark Reiman, Monsanto's Gothenburg Learning
Center agronomist. "Combining those breeding genetics with the new
drought-tolerant biotech trait in DroughtGard™ Hybrids will mean the potential
for even more powerful yield protection for DEKALB farmers in 2013."

To see time-lapse photos of the root dig and video interviews with the
participants, visit For more information about
DEKALB, farmers can contact their local DEKALB Dealer,
visitwww.DEKALB.comand follow its business

About Monsanto Company

Monsanto Company is a leading global provider of technology-based solutions
and agricultural products that improve farm productivity and food quality.
Monsanto remains focused on enabling both small-holder and large-scale farmers
to produce more from their land while conserving more of our world's natural
resources such as water and energy. To learn more about our business and our
commitments, please visit: Follow our business on Twitter^®
at, on the company blog, Beyond the Rows at, or subscribe to our News Release RSS Feed.

This data is from a one-location one-year study with three replications
performed under limited irrigation conditions meant to stress the products
during the grain fill period. Plot Harvested: 9/18/2012 and 10/18/2012.

The Genuity® DroughtGard™ Hybrids trait has been deregulated by the U.S.
Department of Agriculture.Import approvals in key corn export markets with
functioning regulatory systems are in progress. For 2013, DroughtGard™ Hybrids
will be commercially available in the western Great Plains area to growers who
have signed and agree to follow the Genuity DroughtGard Hybrids Stewardship
Agreement. It is a violation of national and international law to move
material containing biotech traits across boundaries into nations where import
is not permitted.

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.

Genuity® are trademarks of Monsanto Technology LLC. All other trademarks are
the property of their respective owners. ©2013 Monsanto Company.

Contact Danielle Stuart (314-694-2478)

SOURCE Monsanto Company

Press spacebar to pause and continue. Press esc to stop.