As farmers begin thinking about purchasing soybean seed for 2014, they can use a new website resource, www.soybeans.com, to answer questions about the expiration of Monsanto Company’s original Roundup Ready soybean trait. The last U.S. patent covering the original Roundup Ready soybean trait expires in 2015. The site addresses what farmers can and cannot do with Roundup Ready soybeans and also details the benefits of new seed, says Norm Sissons, Monsanto’s U.S. oilseeds product management lead. The site outlines Monsanto’s commitments for the original Roundup Ready trait patent expiration, explains the different patents and breeders’ rights typically covering soybean seed, and includes frequently asked questions and a decision guide on saving seed.
- Mid-November 2013