Monsanto receives key approval for Intacta RR2 PRO soybeans

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Monsanto Company's first technology developed specifically for an international market, Intacta RR2 PRO soybeans, has received official approval from China's Ministry of Agriculture. With this approval, Monsanto will now begin commercial preparation for the full-scale launch of Intacta RR2 PRO soybeans in Brazil for the upcoming crop season.

Intacta RR2 PRO soybeans are expected to become one of the cornerstone products in Monsanto's next-generation soybean platform. The technology represents one of the most significant growth drivers in its global portfolio, and it is estimated that it could deliver benefits to farmers in more than 100 million acres across South America.

"This approval represents a significant milestone for Brazilian farmers and our company, and showcases the next wave of innovation that is poised to drive the decade of the soybean at Monsanto," said Brett Begemann, Monsanto's president and chief commercial officer. "Importantly, the introduction of Intacta RR2 PRO brings a new choice in insect control and convenience to Brazilian farmers, and creates the opportunity to expand our soybean platform as we accelerate innovation in this core crop."

Along with Monsanto, multiple South American seed companies are anticipated to launch Intacta RR2 PRO this coming season.

Final Ground Breakers results set tone for commercial opportunity

In conjunction with the transition to commercial preparation for the upcoming season, Monsanto also unveiled the final results for its latest year of Ground Breakers on-farm trials in Brazil. This year, the company doubled its Ground Breakers program in Brazil to include 1,000 growers, and final results from this year's harvest demonstrate another year of significant yield advantage of greater than four bushels per acre against first-generation Roundup Ready soybeans.

"The experience and insight we've gained from working with farmers through two years of Ground Breakers on-farm trials has us well-positioned for a successful product launch," Begemann said. "Intacta RR2 PRO represents meaningful new value for the farmer and significant business growth opportunity for Monsanto."

The company noted that the commercial launch in Brazil becomes the catalyst for successive launches of Intacta RR2 PRO soybeans throughout South America, ultimately accessing a 100-million-acre total opportunity. Monsanto expects Ground Breakers trials for Intacta RR2 PRO in Argentina in fiscal year 2014, with a commercial launch expected in fiscal 2015. Monsanto is currently developing the second- and third-generation of Intacta RR2 PRO to provide additional benefits to growers in the region.

Intacta RR2 PRO soybeans offer three distinct benefits for growers: increased yield potential; protection against major pests that attack soybeans – velvetbean caterpillar, soybean looper, bean shoot borer, bollworm, corn stalk borer and Helicoverpa; and tolerance to glyphosate herbicide.

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Philadelphia  |  June, 18, 2013 at 04:56 PM

The fact that these seeds add currently listed a an insecticide and no actual scientific study ha eve been done on the safety of this product as food, it amazes me that this Is actually happening

June, 18, 2013 at 11:17 PM

GMO's are a complete roll if the dice. Placing a Paton on life, including seeds is destroying the small local famer and placing international buyers (Brazil) in a position to become dependent on Monsanto products. Monsanto. . For the sake of future generations of every species, please stop your experiment.

Canada  |  June, 18, 2013 at 11:38 PM

This article uses every word but food to describe its chemically produced soybeans.

Minnesota  |  June, 20, 2013 at 11:44 PM

I guess what is good for Monsanto, must be good for the world. I get a little nervous when a crop that may be consumed by humans, will either repell or kill bugs. Does the soybean plant produce a toxin like arsenic or just a Deep Woods Off? Oh well, the Chinese are ready to buy into it, but then, they are a bit over populated and it is getting tougher to feed all those folks.

Minnesota  |  June, 21, 2013 at 11:29 AM

First, I would like to appoligize for my China comment. I was out of line to say such things. Second, I get more angry with Monsanto and GMO for what they are doing to markets that farmers and wheat growers associations have worked so hard to nourish and sustain. I am hoping the Asian buyers will once again find that the wheat destined for their markets is being scrutinized heavily for any sign of GMO contamination. The cost of any loss in sales, should be borne by Monsanto. Their cavalier attitude concerning their GMO products keeps our overseas buyers on edge and wary of buying US crops. These Asian buyers don't want to switch to other sources, but if they find contamination issues they have no choice. All GMO produce should have to be kept separate at each junction of its travels from field to consumer. And the cost of this should be paid for by Monsanto and other GMO producers. These companies may be trying to create cheap food, but at the cost of destroying long standing markets for US commodities.

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