Monsanto tests DroughtGard maize
Monsanto is to run large-scale trials of hybrids of its new genetically modified DroughtGard drought-tolerant maize line (MON87460) prior to commercial launch in the US in 2013/14. They will involve some 250 farmers on up to 10,000 acres (2,470 ha) across the western Great Plains region. Monsanto will stack the drought-tolerance trait with its Genuity VT Triple Pro, Genuity VT Double Pro and Roundup Ready Corn 2 technologies. The on-farm trials will give farmers a chance to see the performance of these hybrids and to give the company feedback to help it make commercial decisions, notes DroughtGard Hybrids marketing lead Mark Edge. MON87460 was deregulated by the USDA in December last year (Agrow No 631, p 23). The maize expresses a bacterial origin cold shock protein B. It is a product of a collaboration between Monsanto and BASF to develop crops with increased yields and improved tolerance to abiotic stress.