GUELPH, ONTARIO -- Starting in 2009, all Roundup Ready 2 Yield soybeans will be sold by seed count instead of by weight in Canada. Bags of Roundup Ready 2 Yield soybeans will contain 140,000 seeds per unit, compared to the variable seed count in the traditional 22.7 kilogram bag.

"The move to selling by seed count is a logical step to help farmers with their planting requirements," says Mike Nailor, trait marketing lead with Monsanto in eastern Canada. "This move helps take the guesswork out of both purchase and planting decisions."

Farmers can expect a consistent 140,000 seeds in every bag. The increased precision in seed count will help farmers move seamlessly from seed purchases to field planting calculations. They will know exactly how many units to buy based on the number of acres they need to plant. This, in turn, will help with planting accuracy, which ultimately contributes to improved yields and economic returns.

The move to selling by seed count in soybeans has benefits says Ontario Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs (OMAFRA) soybean specialist, Horst Bohner. Bohner notes that selling by seed count is a well established practice in corn and will help those soybean growers who are still focused on planting by the pound.

"Planting by the pound is not as accurate as it should be," Bohner says. "If seed is sold by count and not by the pound it should lead to more accurate seeding rates being used."

Bohner also suggests that there may be another less obvious benefit to selling by seed count that is tied to the increasing value of seed. "Growers are making significant investments in seed," says Bohner. "When they do, sometimes they look to cap those investments by selecting smaller seed varieties. However, not all small seed varieties are the best in terms of genetics or yield potential. Seed selection should not be based on seed size," adds Bohner. "With the move to selling by seed count, this will help take seed size out of the seed selection equation."

Nailor says the introduction of selling by seed count with Roundup Ready 2 Yield varieties makes good sense and the practice will be extended to new soybean trait technology introduced in the future.

"Roundup Ready 2 Yield soybeans are the newest and most advanced trait technology in this crop. This technology is the platform for the next wave of advancements in soybeans, so it makes sense to start selling by seed count in conjunction with this breakthrough technology. Simply put, selling by seed count is just one more reason above and beyond the significant yield advantage the technology delivers to utilize Roundup Ready 2 Yield technology."

All seed companies marketing soybean varieties with the Roundup Ready 2 Yield technology will be selling by seed count in 2009.

Headquartered in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Monsanto Canada Inc. is part of the larger global Monsanto family. Monsanto Company is an agricultural company and a leading global provider of technology-based solutions and agricultural products that improve farm productivity and food quality.

SOURCE: Monsanto Canada.