Farmers In Illinois Experience First Planting Of Monsanto's FieldScripts(SM)

 Farmers In Illinois Experience First Planting Of Monsanto's FieldScripts(SM)

PR Newswire

ST. LOUIS, May 14, 2013

ST. LOUIS, May 14, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- This planting season, more than 150
farmers in Illinois, Indiana, Iowa and Minnesota are trialing the first
offering from Monsanto's Integrated Farming Systems^SM (IFS) research platform
- FieldScripts^SM. With FieldScripts planted on more than 8,300 acres in
Illinois, Ground Breakers® farmers there are impressed with how FieldScripts
revolutionizes variable rate planting.

FieldScripts integrates Monsanto's understanding of hybrid performance with
the data farmers provide about their individual fields to identify the best
hybrids and provide a variable rate planting prescription for each field. The
process is led by FieldScripts Certified Dealers, delivered through the
FieldView® Plus app on the farmer's iPad®, and executed with precision
equipment on the planter.

Ground Breakers farmer Mark Sturtevant in Carroll County, Ill. has planted
several fields with FieldScripts and is excited about bringing together
Monsanto's knowledge of hybrid performance in multiple yield environments with
the latest planter technologies, "If we can harness this technology, we'll be
able to increase our yield and profit potential. We're working to put the
right seed, at the right amount, on every acre. FieldScripts is a step in the
right direction for the industry."

While many farmers own variable rate planters, there has not been a simple and
accurate way to utilize them. Traditionally, variable rate seeding has been
based on soil type or normalized yield, but these methods fall short of
revealing the true picture of what is happening in the field or providing a
means to plant accurately using that information.

FieldScripts allows the farmer to accurately plant a lower seeding rate in
lower-yielding areas of the field, and a higher seeding rate at higher
yielding areas of the field, maximizing the yield potential of every seed.
Monsanto research has shown that FieldScripts delivers a 5-10 bushel per acre
yield advantage across the field as a whole, as compared with fields not
planted with FieldScripts. In 2014, Monsanto plans to launch FieldScripts
that will be delivered to farmers through FieldScripts Certified DEKALB® seed
dealers.

Many Ground Breakers farmers have been especially pleased by how simple it is
to put FieldScripts to work on their farm. "FieldScripts sounds like a
complicated system, but it's extremely simple for the farmer to use," said
Ground Breakers farmer and dealer Dustin Spears from Lanark, Ill. "Prior to
planting, the dealer gathers all of the data and prepares it to be used by the
farmer. The data all comes to the farmer's iPad®, he pushes a few buttons and
he's ready to plant. FieldScripts is much simpler than alternative
technology."

As co-owner of Martz-Spears Seed, a FieldScripts Certified DEKALB seed dealer
participating along with more than 40 other dealers in the four launch states,
Spears also sees the value FieldScripts provides to his dealership.
"FieldScripts allows our dealership to provide better service for our
customers. We're no longer just selling seed and service, we're selling a
science that we believe will keep farmers coming back for more. Our farmers
are always looking for ways to improve their bottom line, and this is a tool
that will help them maximize their profit potential and make the most of every
acre of their land," said Spears.

For additional information on FieldScripts visit:
http://www.monsanto.com/products/Pages/fieldscripts.aspx. For information on
how FieldScripts can maximize the performance of your DEKALB hybrids, visit
www.dekalb.com/FieldScripts.

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