Genuity® DroughtGard™ Hybrids are designed to help farmers mitigate the risk of yield loss when experiencing drought stress. For the 2013 season, Western Great Plains farmers will have the first opportunity to plant DroughtGard Hybrids on a commercial level.
DroughtGard Hybrids combine germplasm selected for drought-tolerant characteristics and the drought-tolerant biotech trait, with agronomic recommendations.
- Are the agriculture industry’s first biotech drought solution.
- Enhance yield potential when water is limited. With sufficient water levels, the trait performs comparably to existing seed technologies.
- Aim to benefit farmers in the Western Great Plains, on dryland acres where average yield ranges from 70 to 130 bushels per acre. In the past few years, the average corn yield in the United States has been approximately 150 bushels per acre.
- Are the first product in a pipeline of yield and stress traits focused on improving yield and consistency in tough environmental conditions.
During the 2012 growing season, approximately 250 growers across the Western Great Plains planted DroughtGard Hybrids on their farms in large-scale, on-farm trials, known as Ground Breakers®. DroughtGard Hybrids had strong performance in trials, with commercially projected products showing a an average yield advantage of more than 5 bushels per acre over competitor products.
For the past several years, Monsanto’s drought breeding and testing program for this product has specifically targeted the Western Great Plains. By focusing our testing where our customers are located, we can help to maximize the opportunity to deliver integrated breeding and biotechnology for drought. We can also work closely with growers to assist with agronomic recommendations.
Monsanto is committed to bringing farmers the tools to be more efficient on their land, while also reducing their impact on the environment. One of the biggest challenges farmers face each year -- especially in the Western Great Plains of the United States -- is drought. That's why we've dedicated our resources to helping them find solutions.