In Monsanto’s most recent annual pipeline update, the company announced a record 29 products that progressed in its pipeline with five headed to the commercial marketplace.
Monsanto’s advancements include products across all of its platforms, including breeding, biotechnology, and new technology areas such as Integrated Farming Systems and agricultural biologicals.
- Nearly 30 of the company’s more than 70 pipeline projects advanced phases this year.
- A record five products graduated from the pipeline, including Intacta RR2 PROsoybeans, FieldScripts variable rate seeding in corn and Root-Knot Nematode Resistance within the cotton breeding pipeline.
- Some of the most breakthrough progress was delivered from the company’s newest technology platforms, including more than 10 advancements across its Integrated Farming Systems and agricultural biologicals platforms.
- In addition to the 29 project advancements, Monsanto will have three projects in its Ground Breakers on-farm testing program this year. Projects include Vistive Gold soybeans, Roundup Ready 2 Xtend soybeans and Bollgard II XtendFlex cotton.
Biotech projects from Monsanto in development include next-generation insect control and herbicide tolerance agronomic trait projects as well as yield and stress work in collaboration with BASF Plant Science. This year’s nine biotechnology advancements include the launch of Intacta RR2 PRO soybeans and next-generation products like SmartStax PRO corn (formally Corn Rootworm III), Second-Generation Intacta RR2 PRO soybeans, Third-Generation Herbicide Tolerant soybeans and Bollgard III cotton.
Monsanto’s breeding pipeline advanced seven projects within the industry’s most-advanced disease resistance breeding program. Project highlights include enhanced resistance to Anthracnose Stalk Rot and Gray Leaf Spot in corn and Soybean Cyst Nematode, as well as Phytophthora Resistant Peppers, Bacterial Wilt Resistant Tomatoes and Downy Mildew Resistant Lettuce.
Five products within Monsanto’s agricultural biologicals platform are advancing as researchers carry on their work to increase crop health and productivity. Monsanto and the farmer customers it serves share a need to continuously meet the world’s growing demand in a sustainable way. Highlighted advancement in this platform include BioDirect Tospovirus Control, BioDirect Colorado Potato Beetle and BioDirect Bee Health, as well as the addition of Microbials Yield and Microbials Plant Health to the pipeline’s discovery phase.
Integrated Farming Systems Platform
Monsanto featured eight advancements in its Integrated Farming Systems platform which is dedicated to helping farmers get more from every acre by integrating expertise in seed science, field science, data analysis and precision equipment to develop solutions optimized for the conditions of a farmer’s field. Advancing products include Variable Rate Soy FieldScripts, Multi-Hybrid Corn FieldScripts and Weather-Enhanced FieldScripts as well as the launch of FieldScripts in corn.
Monsanto also highlighted the launch of The Climate Corporation’s Climate Pro, a web and mobile service that increases a farmer’s profitability through customized field recommendations that maximize yield and minimize costs.
For more information on Monsanto’s complete research and development pipeline, including a list of all 29 projects that advanced phases this year, visit www.monsanto.com/pipeline.
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