Companies Sign for Balance GT Soybeans

Kelly Marshall

More than 45 companies have signed on as licensees for the Balance GT Soybean Performance System. The soybeans are higher-yielding, offer elite genetics with double herbicide-tolerant trait stack, and protects agains a wide range of broadleaf weeds and grasses. “This is exciting news for Balance™ GT,” says Lindsey Seitz, brand manager for MS Technologies™. “With more than 45 licensees already …

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 …

Non-GMO High Oleic Soybeans Expand to Missouri

Kelly Marshall

The Missouri Soybean Merchandising Council has signed an agreement to bring non-GMO high oleic soybean technology to growers in the state. Schillinger Genetics, Inc. (SGI) is now licensed to commercialize high oleic soybean traits and to breed soybean varieties that combine high oleic with low linolenic beans. The partnership is the first of its kind. “We believe strongly in the …

Balance GT Soybeans Receive Approval from China

Kelly Marshall

Balance GT soybeans from MS Technologies and Bayer have received import approval from China. The Balance GT Soybean Performance System offers growers a high-yielding genetic along side a double herbicide-tolerant trait for both glyphosate and isoxaflutole, the active ingredient in Balance Bean. Approval from China is an important milestone in getting Balance approved for commercial soybean use. Already the product …

Syngenta To Use NRGene Software for Crop Breeding

Kelly Marshall

Syngenta has chosen genomics big data company NRGene to evaluate and accelerate trait discovery. Their cloud-based GenoMAGIC software package will make trait mapping more efficient, thanks to volumes of genomic data that allow researchers to identify brand sequence polymorphisms and holotypes.  The new process is faster and more cost effective, since breeders can easily relate genomic sequences with beneficial traits. …

Syngenta Announces New Sugarbeet Hybrids

Kelly Marshall

Five new hybrids are being added to Syngenta’s 2017 Hilleshog sugarbeet portfolio. The new varieties offer an excellent sugar content along side improved disease and pest tolerance traits. Syngenta recommends getting these new hybrids off to a great start with critical seed protection like CruiserMaxx Sugarbeets treatment, Vibrance seed treatment fungicide, or Clariva pn seed treatment nematicide for the most successful …

Syngenta Finds Unexpected Use for Enogen Corn

Kelly Marshall

Duane Martin manages the Agrisure portfolio for Syngenta corn and soybeans. “We’re very proud of the technology we’ve brought to the corn and soybean market over the last several years- launching more new technology, more new traits, to especially the corn business one the last five years than any other company in the industry,” he told me at the NAFB …

Agragen Licenses DuPont Patents

Kelly Marshall

Agragen LLC has reached an agreement concerning a family of patents held by DuPont Pioneer to manipulate fatty acid in plant profiles.  The company is focused on creating a high-yielding camelina, or false flax, with the same omega-3 fatty acid found in fish oil. “By sustainably producing these bioactive fatty acids, which are so important for human health and disease, we …

Alta Seeds Bringing Sorghum Innovation at #NAFB16

Kelly Marshall

It’s Travis Kidd’s responsibility to bring commercial hybrids from the research stage into the marketplace for Alta Seeds. Considering they’re the largest provider of genetics in forage and grain sorghum in the country, he’s the guy you want to talk to when it comes to what’s new in Sorghum. Alta is excited about two new traits that will make life …

DuPont Pioneer Finds Potential Insect Control Traits

Kelly Marshall

Researchers at DuPont Pioneer have discovered a protein from a non-Bacillus thuringiensis (Bt) bacterium source.  Science Magazine published findings that show this protein is a promising alternative for controlling corn root worm in North American  and Europe. “This research represents a breakthrough for addressing a major challenge in agriculture,” said Neal Gutterson, vice president, Research & Development, DuPont Pioneer. “We …