The following information is a Web Extra from the pages of Farm Journal. It corresponds with the article "Pod Power” by Pam Smith. You can find the article on page 16 of the September 2008 issue.
Soy in Transition
Southern soybean growers will add a new brand name to their vocabulary for the 2009 growing season when Deltapine soybean varieties are transitioned to Monsanto's Asgrow soybean brand.
Kevin Eblen, Delta and Pine Land Business Lead, says Asgrow brand's elite genetics, molecular breeding advances and new trait innovations which deliver consistent performance and high-yield potential will combine with Deltapine's extensive Southern breeding experience and high quality genetics that fit later maturity groups.
"Farmers will have access to leading Asgrow varieties as well as Deltapine's best, top-performing products marketed under the Asgrow brand," says Eblen, "In addition, they will benefit from an even higher-yielding product lineup along with the same great service they have come to expect from Delta and Pine Land."
Jeff Wheeler, Asgrow Business Lead, said the integration will also support one comprehensive soybean testing program. Delta and Pine Land's numerous testing locations, he said, will enable new Asgrow varieties to be evaluated and advanced based on a wide range of local agronomic conditions. The company says they will be offering more maturity Group IV through VII products tested to perform well in clay soils and other tough growing conditions.
Delta and Pine Land will continue to market cotton under the Deltapine brand. Monsanto acquired Asgrow in 1997. For more information: www.asgrowanddekalb.com
-- Pam Smith