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Feb 22, 2012

U.S. Farmers Get Ready to Test Monsanto's New Drought Tolerant (DT) Wheat

On 22 February 2012 GreenBio News reported on Monsanto's efforts to field test DroughtGard Hybrids with U.S. farmers this spring on the Western Great Plains.  This is a new drought tolerant (DT) GM corn under the Genuity brand.  It will undergo on-farm trials with "approximately 250 growers on up to 10,000 acres."

"As a grower, I look to test new tools and technologies that strengthen risk management on my farm," said Clay Scott, a Southwest Kansas grower. "Water is a constant focus, so the opportunity to plant DroughtGard Hybrids this growing season will demonstrate the benefits that drought-tolerant corn can deliver in my fields."

In December 2011, Monsanto received full deregulation the drought trait (DT) in DroughtGard Hybrids from the U.S. Department of Agriculture. This was a result of Monsanto's Yield and Stress collaboration with Germany-based BASF.

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