Monsanto, Deere End Acquisition of Precision Planting

Kelly Marshall

Deere & Company is disappointed to announce that, under pressure from the Department of Justice, Monsanto Company is ending the 2015 agreement that would have allowed Deere to acquire Precision Planting LLC. A digital collaboration between Deere and The Climate Corporation, along with an expansion of access between Ag Leader and Precision Planting, have also been terminated. “We are deeply disappointed in …

Agribusiness, John Deere, Monsanto, Precision Planting

Monsanto Completes $50 Million Plant Expansion

Kelly Marshall

The ribbon has been cut on Monsanto‘s $50 million dollar expansion in Muscatine, Iowa. The state-of-the-art facility expands the company’s formulations and packaging capacity for their dicamba-tolerant trait technology. The original plant has been around since 1961, producing products like Warrant, Degree, Harness, Roundup WeatherMax, and ExendiMax. “Iowa is fortunate to have innovative companies like Monsanto that are making significant …

Agribusiness, Monsanto, Traits

Bayer/Monsanto Talk About the Future from #Classic17

Kelly Marshall

Adrian Percy, head of research and development at Bayer CropScience, and Robb Fraley, Monsanto chief technology officer held an informal press conferene at Commodity Classic to discuss the proposed nuptials of their companies. Both Percy and Fraley spoke highly of Monsanto’s seeds and traits and Bayer’s chemistry, but took pains to point out how much better they will be when …

Agribusiness, Audio, Bayer CropScience, Commodity Classic, Crop Protection, Monsanto, seed

Bayer’s Outlook on Industry, Monsanto Acquisition

Jamie Johansen

When it comes to scientific innovation, Bayer has a longstanding reputation as a leader in the development of breakthrough technologies. New innovations, developments, and changes are always on the horizon for Bayer, and the company’s dynamic outlook was discussed during the 2017 Bayer AgVocacy Forum in a presentation from Dr. Adrian Percy, Bayer’s global head of research & development and …

Agribusiness, Audio, Bayer CropScience, Crop Protection, Monsanto

Monsanto Announces New Gene Editing License

Kelly Marshall

Monsanto Company has announced another step forward for the future of gene editing.  A global licensing agreement between themselves, the Broad Institute of MIT and Harvard will allow the company nonexclusive use of CRISPR-Cpf1 technology – a simpler, more precise tool for improving a cell’s DNA.  Not only does the new system offer greater flexibility in editing, it’s smaller in size also …

Agribusiness, Audio, Gene Editing, Monsanto

Shareowners Approve Monsanto/Bayer Merger

Kelly Marshall

Monsanto Company held a special meeting of shareowners earlier this week to vote on the merger of Monsanto with Bayer Aktiengesellschaft. The agreement states that Monsanto shareowners receive $128 per share in cash. “We are pleased we received such strong support from our shareowners,” said Hugh Grant, Monsanto Chairman and Chief Executive Officer. “This is an important milestone as we …

Agribusiness, Bayer CropScience, Monsanto

The BioAg Alliance Launches Microbial Seed Coating

Kelly Marshall

Through The BioAg Alliance, Monsanto Company and Novozymes have a new project in the works.  As part of the commitment to innovative microbial solutions a new corn inoculant, Acceleron B-300 SAT, is being introduced.  The product is based on a fungus found in soil and has shown promising results with a two-year average yield advantage of more than 3 bushels per …

Agribusiness, Corn, Monsanto, seed

Agriculture Joins Together for Climate Change

Kelly Marshall

One year ago Monsanto announced its plans to decrease greenhouse gas emissions by making their operation carbon neutral by 2021.  Now the company is coming together with other agriculture group in the Carbon-Neutral Collaborative, a consortium of experts on agriculture greenhouse gases.  The team will focus their efforts on helping Monsanto reach their goal through an accounting framework. “Since last year, we’ve …

Agribusiness, climate, Monsanto