For the 2013 season, Western Great Plains farmers will have a new tool to help manage drought conditions with the commercial introduction of Monsanto’s Genuity® DroughtGard™ Hybrids.
The Genuity DroughtGard Hybrids are part of a system combining germplasm selected for its drought-tolerant characteristics, the drought-tolerant biotechnology trait and agronomic recommendations. The system is designed to help the corn plant so it can use less water when drought stress occurs. This hydroefficiency creates the opportunity to conserve soil moisture and can help minimize yield loss from drought conditions. In 2012 approximately 250 farmers participated in Monsanto’s Ground Breakers® large-scale, on-farm testing program by planting DroughtGard Hybrids on their farms to get first-hand experience with the new products.
DroughtGard Hybrids is an important tool for farmers to help mitigate yield loss caused by drought stress, and drought tolerance is one component of Monsanto’s Yield and Stress research designed to help protect or improve yield and achieve more consistent returns for farmers. This project is part of our joint R&D collaboration with BASF on Yield and Stress.