Southern Exposure

June 23, 2009 07:00 PM

Pam Smith, Farm Journal Seeds & Production Editor
Can you say Genuity with a southern accent? Midwestern growers got the first shot at Roundup Ready 2 Yield soybeans and now, Monsanto is announcing they will take the second generation trait technology south in 2010.
Don't let the "Genuity” moniker throw you. That's Monsanto's new branding on all their new technology-enhanced products. Dion McBay, Monsanto US Traits Market Lead, says Roundup Ready 2 Yield soybeans have demonstrated a step-change increase in yield potential over first-generation Roundup Ready soybeans. The yield increase comes from advance insertion and selection technologies. The Roundup Ready 2 Yield gene is situated into one of the DNA regions known to provide higher yield potential.
One of the trademarks of the increased yield is an increase in the average number of soybeans per pod. "All of our observations have shown a similar increase in performance regardless of maturity, historic production environment or geography,” says McBay. "We feel that [Southern] farmers will certainly see a substantial increase in yield performance.”
McBay says the increase in geography for Genuity Roundup Ready 2 Yield soybeans will come in the Group IV maturity range and will predominately fit the Missouri Bootheel, the Delta markets of Mississippi and Arkansas, parts of Northern Texas and across Northern Alabama. All the new varieties come preloaded with the Acceleron seed treatment system.
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