Monsanto Highlights Broad Set of Solutions Aimed at Helping Farmers Produce Better Harvests The Company’s Annual Research & Development Showcase Focuses On Reducing Inputs, Improving Grower Productivity And Identifying Ways To Mitigate Environmental Challenges
BigNews.Biz - Jan 06,2017 - Monsanto Highlights Broad Set of Solutions Aimed at Helping Farmers Produce Better Harvests
The Company’s Annual Research & Development Showcase Focuses On Reducing Inputs, Improving Grower Productivity And Identifying Ways To Mitigate Environmental Challenges
"The role that agriculture plays in our daily lives has never been more critical – including meeting the world’s growing needs and driving on-farm practices that preserve biodiversity and our natural resources like soil and water"
ST. LOUIS--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Monsanto Company (NYSE: MON) announced 2017 updates on progress made across its research and development (R&D) pipeline over the past year. The company’s commitment to this annual pipeline showcase is founded in a dedication to innovations that support farmers as they work to meet the needs of society while using natural resources more efficiently. The company’s industry-leading pipeline integrates seeds, traits, crop protection and data science to support growers by mitigating challenges posed by weeds, insects, diseases and environmental shifts resulting from climate change each season.
“The role that agriculture plays in our daily lives has never been more critical – including meeting the world’s growing needs and driving on-farm practices that preserve biodiversity and our natural resources like soil and water,” said Robert Fraley, Ph.D., Monsanto’s chief technology officer. “Science is helping us identify new solutions to help farmers and this marks a record year for our R&D pipeline – with 14 projects advancing to launch and the first unveiling for more than 35 projects in the Climate pipeline. These advancements demonstrate how we’re delivering new ways that farmers can manage the 40+ key decisions they must make throughout the growing season to enable a successful harvest. Going forward, we believe we have a greater opportunity to accelerate innovation, optimize integrated solutions and expand offerings through our combination with Bayer – translating to significant benefits for farmers around the world.”
Monsanto’s R&D platforms span five areas of agricultural technology: data science, plant breeding, plant biotechnology, crop protection and ag biologicals. These platforms support sustainable agriculture practices by delivering solutions that:
1. Reduce the footprint of global ag production through better harvests:
The world’s current agriculture production footprint is under continuous pressure from expanding urban populations and environmental challenges. This means that farmers must identify ways to reduce impact on our natural resources while delivering food for society on existing farm land. Better harvests mean that additional land does not need to be brought into production – an action that can help further stem the release of greenhouse gases into the environment and protect existing forest land. The 2017 R&D highlights include:
The BioAg Alliance, a partnership between Monsanto and Novozymes that focuses on microbial solutions, continues to grow the depth and breadth of its pipeline. The Alliance’s BioYield platform is an example of this growth through expansion to new crops and development of next-generation projects that are designed to help improve yield potential by helping crops use nutrients in the soil more efficiently.
The Climate FieldView™ platform allows farmers to collect and analyze field data from multiple