ST. LOUIS -- Monsanto recently announced the launch of new Roundup Ready(R) Alfalfa during the World Ag Expo in Tulare, Calif.

Roundup Ready crops contain genes that confer tolerance to glyphosate, the active ingredient in Roundup agricultural herbicides.

The company said research shows that using Roundup(R) agricultural herbicides with Roundup Ready Alfalfa allows improved management practices that lead to better-quality hay, which is good news for dairy producers.

Chris Peterson, Monsanto marketing manager, says benefits of the new system can help create greater profit opportunities for growers. He says Roundup Ready Alfalfa provides growers with a greater application window than conventional herbicides, to allow more flexibility in their weed-management practices.

"There are some key benefits that go along with this system -- superb weed control, crop safety, flexibility in application of herbicides -- and that will translate into more yield and higher quality alfalfa forproducers," Peterson said.

Roundup Ready Alfalfa was developed by Monsanto in cooperation with Forage Genetics International Inc.

U.S. regulatory agencies granted full approval to alfalfa containing the Roundup Ready trait for commerce within the United States, including approval for marketing and consumption as food, food ingredients and feed for livestock. These products also have food and feed approval in Japan and Canada.

Monsanto Company is a leading global provider of technology-based solutions and agricultural products that improve farm productivity and food quality.

Forage Genetics International is a world leader in the development, production and marketing of high-quality, value-added alfalfa genetics and technologies.

SOURCE: Monsanto Company via AgNewsWire.