New Drought-Tolerant Hybrids to Be Tested on Farms

March 10, 2012 05:56 AM

U.S. farmers across the Western Great Plains will be the first to plant Monsanto Company’s newest drought-tolerant corn system this spring as part of on-farm trials.

The hybrids, available under the new DroughtGard Hybrids name, are designed to help farmers mitigate the risk of yield loss when experiencing drought stress. DroughtGard Hybrids are the newest offering from the Genuity corn family. These hybrids combine germplasm selected for its drought-tolerant characteristics and the biotechnology drought-tolerant trait with agronomic recommendations.

In this year’s trials, Monsanto plans to have Genuity VT Triple Pro, Genuity VT Double Pro and Roundup Ready Corn 2 technologies serve as the agronomic trait platforms for DroughtGard Hybrids. These large-scale, on-farm trials will take place with approximately 250 farmers on up to 10,000 acres across the Western Great Plains.

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