At Monsanto, we work to bring better seeds for farmers. We do this by having a world-class breeding program that aims to keep finding the best plants adapted to local conditions. And, sometimes, we use genetic modification to bring beneficial traits to the plant, such as the ability to tolerate drought better, resist herbicide applications or ward off pests.
Monsanto provides seeds to farmers in eight row crops: alfalfa, canola, corn, cotton, sorghum, soybeans, sugarbeets and wheat. In this section, you can learn about each crop and our product offerings to farmers.
In countries where genetic modification (GM) of plants isn’t adopted, Monsanto sells conventional seed to farmers. This seed is produced via breeding—we find two really good parents and breed them to produce offspring that has the best plant characteristics for that farmer’s area. For example, France is a country where we sell non-GM corn hybrids.
In countries where GM is widely adopted by farmers, we sell both conventional seed and GM seed. GM seed may include the following plant characteristics introduced by modifying the plant’s genome:
Herbicide tolerance (Roundup Ready® crops)
Insect tolerance (VT Triple PRO® corn, INTACTA RR2 PRO® soybeans, Bollgard II® cotton)
Drought tolerance (DroughtGard® Hybrids)
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