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Our Innovation Pipeline: The Window to the Future of Farming Featured Article

By Dr. Robb Fraley
Chief Technology Officer

Mother Nature is always changing, and those changes often threaten the crops that we depend on for food and clothing.  Whether it’s migrating insects, new strains of diseases, or a changing climate, our crops are constantly under siege from new and changing dangers.

What do we do about it?  We do what mankind has always done:  we improve and we innovate to overcome challenges and improve our effectiveness. 

Monsanto’s innovation pipeline is an ongoing example of innovation in agriculture.  To effectively meet the needs of the farmers who keep food on our … Full Article »

Monsanto’s 2014 Research Pipeline Update Featured Article

Yesterday, Monsanto announced the 2014 update for the company’s research pipeline, noting that a record 29 products had advanced and five of those headed for the commercial marketplace. The advances included products across all platforms, including breeding, biotechnology, and new technology areas such as Integrated Farming Systems and agricultural biologicals.

This infographic depicts the update. More information on the products and advancements can be found at A Window into Agriculture’s Future: 2014 Research & Development Pipeline at Monsanto.com.

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Monsanto’s 2013 Research Pipeline Update Featured Article

Last week, Monsanto announced its 2013 update for our research pipeline. A record 18 projects are advancing across the company’s breeding, biotechnology and improved agronomics platforms.

The projects include corn rootworm; above-ground insect protection for corn; insect-protected soybeans; next generation Bollgard cotton; herbicide tolerant wheat; Dicamba-, Glufosinate- and Glyphosate-tolerant corn; Goss’s Wilt resistance in corn; root know nematode resistance in cotton; BioDirect Technology virus control and insect control; and nematicide chemistry, among others.

In addition to the 18 project advancements, Monsanto has three projects in its Ground Breakers® on-farm testing program. Ground Breakers®, a testing program that informs the company’s … Full Article »

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Advances in R&D

Today, Monsanto announced advancements in nine projects as part of the company’s annual research pipeline update. Progress was reported for four yield and stress projects being undertaken in collaboration with BASF, and five projects involving corn, soybeans and canola. You can read details here.

It’s important work, with an important purpose: make agriculture more productive. The advances reported today demonstrate a lot of depth in the company’s research and development program, and the hard work by a considerable number of Monsanto people in labs, greenhouses and research farms around the world.

We’re proud of the research work we do, … Full Article »

Researchers from Monsanto's Chesterfield Village site come out to Jerseyville to observe new traits and technologies growing outside.

Research Is More Than Spending Time in a Lab

From the road, the Jerseyville research farm looks like any other Southwest Illinois farm: corn and soybeans dominate the landscape and a couple sheds rise above the green. Once I entered the center of the 240-acre site, I discovered how special the farm is—where nearly every row of plants receives special care.

Jerseyville is one of a handful of sites where biotech traits are tested in the field. Their performance and reaction to the conditions (much more variable than in a controlled setting like a greenhouse) are monitored and tracked throughout the season.

That’s why nearly a dozen researchers from … Full Article »

Learning from Farmers at the Learning Center

A row of corn stands tall inside the Monmouth, Ill. learning center.

It’s quiet right now at Monsanto’s Monmouth, Ill., Learning Center, as least from a visitor perspective. During the late spring and summer months, a steady stream of farmers, seed dealers, investors, academics, international groups and youth organizations tour the facility to learn about the latest seed technologies being researched and tested in the field.

“And farmers come for another reason,” says Tom Eickhoff, Learning Center manager. “They come with issues and problems they’re dealing with right now on their farms, and how we might be able to … Full Article »