Monsanto Spotlights Research & Development Pipeline Projects to Help Farmers Combat Threats, Optimize Opportunities and Conserve Natural ResourcesSource: Business Wire
The Company’s Annual R&D Update Showcases Agricultural Innovation Advancements for Growers Around the World
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“Farmers’ abilities to meet global food and fiber needs will continue to
be constrained by land and water availability, and complicated by
climate change – so we need to grow more crops, but we need to do it
using less water and less energy,” said Dr.
Monsanto’s R&D platforms support sustainable modern agriculture practices by delivering innovations that:
According to the
Key Monsanto R&D pipeline projects designed to help farmers combat threats include:
- Lygus and Thrips Control Cotton technology, which is advancing to Phase 4, is designed to protect farmers’ cotton crops from damage caused by lygus, thrips and fleahopper bugs. This technology has the potential to be the first to control all three cotton pests, while potentially reducing the amount of insecticides farmers spray on their plants to do so.
- Trecepta™ technology, advancing to launch in 2018, which is designed to help farmers protect their corn plants from attacks by damaging insects including fall armyworm, corn earworm, corn borers and cutworms.
NemaStrike™ technology, which is designed to protect corn,
soybean and cotton crops from tiny parasitic worms called nematodes
that attack plant roots and negatively impact harvests. Also aimed at
controlling nematodes, the Soy BioNematicide product being
The BioAg Alliancewith Novozymesuses soil microbes to combat nematodes and advances to Phase 3.
- The Climate Corporation’s disease diagnosis and identification technology, which uses artificial intelligence (AI) to identify and diagnose diseases in corn, soybeans and wheat in real time to help farmers move quickly to protect their crops during the growing season. This technology advances from development to the pre-commercial phase.
- New formulations and combinations of proven weed killers in products like Harness® Max Acetochlor Premix, advancing to launch in 2018, Next Gen Dicamba Premix (Phase 2) and Acetochlor + Dicamba + 3rd MOA Premix (Phase 1), which will eventually help farmers manage weeds that steal sunlight, water and nutrients from crops.
“On our family farm, we strive to use the products, technologies and
information that allows us to be highly productive and efficient in
growing crops in a sustainable way for the land and society.
Understanding the interaction of these enables us to use the right
products at the right time with confidence,” said
In addition to anticipating and combatting threats to their crops, farmers seek to make the most of the land they cultivate. Each square foot of soil represents potential for a bountiful harvest, and Monsanto’s research – from placing soil microbes on seeds to improving a plant’s output through selective breeding – seeks to help farmers maximize that potential. R&D pipeline projects that take this approach include:
Corn BioYield 2, expected to be branded Acceleron® B-360 ST
upon regulatory approvals,whichuses soil microbes as a
seed coating to increase a plant’s ability to take up nutrients.
The BioAg Alliance, this project advances to Phase 4 based on another year of strong performance in the field.
- Monsanto’s High-Density Corn System, advancing to launch in 2018, which uses conventional breeding to help corn seeds thrive when placed closer to each other in the field. Farmers can use this closer spacing to maximize the number of plants in each field (called plant population), to make the most out of their sunlight, water, and soil nutrients.
- Monsanto’s vegetable breeding program which provides growers with an average of over 125 new varieties across 20 produce crops each year, providing incremental improvements in agronomic performance, flavor profile, size, color, or shape. These annual breeding upgrades help Monsanto’s vegetable growers to be more successful with their customers in the produce value chain.
- The Climate Corporation’s advanced seed scripting tools which enable farmers to combine multiple data sets – the farmer’s unique field data, combined with weather, soil and field research data – to deliver seed planting prescriptions that are tailored to specific genetics and their unique yield goals.
“Optimizing opportunity each year begins with getting seeds off to a
strong start,” said Dr.
Farmers are dedicated to soil, water, and energy conservation within their operations. In today’s changing climate, farmers continue to come up with innovative approaches to conserve nature’s resources, all while applying other inputs like seed, pesticides, and fertilizer more precisely. As they do so, modern agriculture is working to provide them with the tools necessary to do the job.
Key R&D pipeline projects to help farmers use resources more efficiently and apply farm inputs precisely include:
- The Climate Corporation’s nitrogen management technology which uses a combination of data sources to help farmers decide when and how much nitrogen to apply in order to help their crops thrive and reduce overuse, which can lead to runoff. Further, The Climate Corporation’s HydroBio irrigation management platform and advanced irrigation research analyzes crop irrigation data so farmers can more efficiently manage water use.
- Advancements in herbicide-tolerant systems like Fourth Generation Herbicide TolerantCotton (advancing to Phase 2) which are expected to further enable no-till and conservation-tillage farming, preserving the top layer of the soil and limiting its runoff into streams, rivers and lakes. Untilled soil stores carbon that’s been absorbed through crops and plant materials and keeps it from the air.
- In addition to Trecepta technology, incremental advancements in insect-resistant systems – like Fourth Generation Above-Ground Insect Protection for Corn (advancing to Phase 3) – that can help reduce the number of pesticide applications farmers must apply, saving fuel and reducing carbon emissions with fewer passes over the field.
“Data-driven innovation is about more than producing higher yields,”
Monsanto’s Scientists Embrace Data Innovations – Including Artificial Intelligence And Machine Learning – For The Benefit Of Our Farmer Customers And Consumers
The world of agriculture is being transformed by data science, from algorithms and analytics to deep learning and artificial intelligence. In the face of climate change, advancements in these areas are helping farmers grow the food we need while using natural resources more efficiently.
“Monsanto’s plant breeders, climate scientists and soil microbiologists
were among the industry’s earliest adopters of data science, artificial
intelligence and machine learning – and for good reason,” said
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