Monsanto Ground Breakers® Program Participants Gather To Receive Training On New Crop Technology

 Monsanto Ground Breakers® Program Participants Gather To Receive Training On
                             New Crop Technology

Farmers Attend Educational Meetings to Discuss Roundup Ready 2 Xtend™ Soybeans
and FieldScripts(SM)

PR Newswire

ST. LOUIS, March 28, 2013

ST. LOUIS, March 28, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- Farmers and seed dealers from major
U.S. crop production regions recently gathered in St. Louis and Peoria, Ill.
for "Monsanto Ground Breakers® Week." The nearly 250 farmers in attendance are
part of Monsanto's on-farm trial program, Ground Breakers, experiencing two
new innovations from Monsanto: Roundup Ready® Xtend™ Crop System, and

At the events, farmers participated in educational sessions in advance of
Monsanto's Ground Breakers® Field Trials Under Permit program for the Roundup
Ready® Xtend^™ Crop System for soybeans and Ground Breakers^®
FieldScripts(SM), a corn hybrid recommendation and variable-rate-seeding
prescription that can help maximize yield potential. Pending regulatory
approvals, the Monsanto Roundup Ready Xtend Crop System will be available for
soybeans with limited supplies in 2014. FieldScripts also will be available in
Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, and Minnesota in the DEKALB^® seed brand in 2014.

The Monsanto Ground Breakers program engages farmers in an additional phase of
on-farm testing prior to the commercialization of new technologies. Dale
Sorensen, key customer lead for Integrated Farming Systems at Monsanto,
describes the value the program provides. "The Ground Breakers program gives
select farmers first-hand experience with our newest technologies on their
farm, and it provides an additional year of on-farm results so growers can be
confident Monsanto's products have been well tested in real-world growing
conditions," he said.

The Roundup Ready Xtend Crop System is intended to bring growers more
consistency and improved weed control, especially tough-to-manage and
glyphosate-resistant weeds. FieldScripts technology leverages innovations in
hybrid performance research, data analysis and precision equipment to deliver
and execute a variable rate seeding prescription that can help maximize yield
potential across soil variations. FieldScripts represents the first offering
from Monsanto's Integrated Farming Systems (IFS) – a research and development
platform dedicated to integrating Monsanto's expertise in seed science, field
science, data analysis, precision equipment and customer service.

Roundup Ready 2 Xtend™ Soybeans
"The Roundup Ready^® Xtend^™ Crop System represents an exciting product
innovation Monsanto is bringing to farmers in the coming season," said
Michelle Vigna, Monsanto's Roundup Ready Xtend System Launch Manager. "During
Ground Breakers^® Week we sought input from our Ground Breakers farmers and
shared with them product knowledge prior to tractors and sprayers entering the
field for the 2013 spring planting season."

Darren Brown, soybean seed production grower for Roundup Ready 2 Xtend
soybeans in the Missouri Bootheel and a Monsanto Ground Breakers program
farmer, notes, "Weed control with the Roundup Ready Xtend Crop System was
excellent last year, and we have resistant weeds here."

More information on the Roundup Ready Xtend Crop System – including Roundup
Ready 2 Xtend soybeans, Roundup Xtend^™ and XtendiMax^™ herbicides, and the
Bollgard II^® XtendFlex^™ cotton product that will provide growers with
glyphosate, glufosinate and dicamba tolerance – can be found at There, farmers can also find detailed information
about stewardship requirements and access videos featuring the system in

Dave Rhylander, Monsanto's FieldScripts Marketing Lead, points out that
FieldScripts represents a new area of innovation for Monsanto that brings
together the science of the seed with more precise equipment and tailored
agronomic practices to help maximize yield potential for farmers. "Twenty
years from now, when people are reflecting on breakthroughs in agriculture,
our partners will have the satisfaction of knowing that the roots of these
breakthroughs trace back to what Ground Breakers farmers did in the 2013
growing season," he said.

Iowa farmer Tim Couser attended the FieldScripts Ground Breakers meeting and
agrees this will be a significant innovation for farmers. "Up until this point
there has not been one single good way to make a variable rate prescription
map," he said. "The thing Monsanto has going for it is they have all this
information on a hybrid and how it responds in a particular environment and
population. And before, the grower never had that information."

For more information on FieldScripts, visit

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