​​Leverage The Asgrow® Breeding Program​

The first step towards identifying high yielding genetics and traits is the evaluation of the soil's history and characteristics to help maximize yield potential within the right maturity group for the region selected. Our broad and diverse network of breeding stations tests different conditions and environments to help maximize yield potential and ensure you have the agronomic fit for your soybeans.

Genuity® Roundup Ready 2 Yield® soybeans are developed through gene mapping, identification of DNA regions and advanced insertion and selection technologies.

Intensively managed Genuity Roundup Ready 2 Yield soybeans, had yields an average of 7.4 bu/acre more than when grown in a low-input system, including, two in-crop applications of Roundup agricultural herbicide (2009-2010 Monsanto national research summary).

Plant Breeding Delivers Better Products To Farmers, Faster

Our plant breeders around the world are challenged each day with finding and developing seeds that have special qualities and deliver a wide array of benefits to farmers. By using sophisticated diagnostic tools, they are able to peer into the DNA of millions of seeds and locate the desired traits. Leveraging our global library of genetic material — or germplasm library — they can combine genes from distant locations to create valuable new seed products for farmers.

 

The Difference Between Breeding And Biotechnology

The difference between plant breeding and plant biotechnology comes down to the way plants are improved. In breeding, new and better combinations of existing genes in a crop are created by crossing plants together. With biotechnology, key genes are inserted directly into the DNA of a single plant to make improvements. This can result in an improvement within the plant that normally would have been very difficult or nearly impossible to achieve through breeding. These two methods of plant improvements are used in combination to develop superior soybean germplasm that feeds the Asgrow product pipeline.

Our Research Spans The Globe

The fact that so many farmers are able to benefit from our innovative crop technologies can be attributed to the breadth of our research and testing. Our 275 locations around the world supporting breeding and biotechnology research helps ensure our crop technologies meet the needs of farmers in areas with diverse environmental characteristics such as soil types, insect pressure and moisture levels.

What Determines Soybean Yield?

  • Number of pods and seeds per plant are the leading and priority components of soybean yield.
  • Seed size has been shown to be the most stable yield component, determined by product and varies only after seed number has been set.
  • In a typical soybean field, 60-70% of the flowers on a soybean plant never form a pod.
  • Rapid leaf formation and expansion, and delayed senescence are the characteristics of high-yielding soybeans.
  • A longer life cycle generally results in higher yield which is why most late maturing products out-perform early products.
  • Adequate vegetative growth that maximizes total biomass is essential for high reproductive growth and high yields in soybeans.
  • Early canopy formation and late season canopy duration can increase the interception of solar energy and photosynthesis, which results in increased availability of nutrients.
  • Yields can increase through either greater capture or utilization of plant available resources such as water, nutrients and sunlight.
  • Supplying or conserving critical resources such as water and nutrients to the soybean plant will allow yields closer to the potential demonstrated in maximum yield research.
  • Yield gains will depend on increases in stress tolerance, efficient use of all plant growth resources and increased biomass production.

What are a few beans per plant worth?

Incremental Seeds/Plant Potential* Yield Benefit Estimated Incremental Dollars per Acre **
4 3.8 bu $57.00
6 5.7 bu $85.50
8 7.6 bu $114.00
10 9.5 bu $142.50

*165,000-harvested plants
**$15.00 per bushel
Assumptions: seeds/pound — 2,900; lbs/bu - 60​​​

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