Monsanto offers annual pipeline update
Monsanto Company’s annual research and development update marks the company’s largest advancement of products to date. The agricultural company announced a record 29 products progressed in its pipeline with five of those 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.
“Monsanto’s annual pipeline update provides a window into agriculture’s future – and, specifically, how breeding, biotechnology, biologicals and improved agronomics can meet the challenges of feeding a growing planet while using resources more efficiently,” said Robb Fraley, Ph.D., Monsanto’s chief technology officer. “From rural communities in America, to the plains of Sub-Saharan Africa, our scientists and breeders are working to provide farmers with innovations that can help them get the most out of every acre. I am particularly proud as this year’s advancements highlight the breadth of our R&D efforts and the truly integrated approach we are taking in order to deliver a total system of solutions that can offer additional choice for our farmer customers.”
- 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 PRO soybeans, 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.
“Monsanto is headed in the right direction with science-based approaches and new technologies for farmers,” said Jeff Frank, a FieldScripts Ground Breakers farmer in Auburn, Iowa. “The data driven, scientific technologies Monsanto is developing are things we’ve never had before. As farmers, we have to take advantage of any opportunity we can to increase our yield potential. If we don’t think progressively, we won’t grow enough crops to feed a growing planet.”