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Sponsored News: Asgrow® Extra Steps Help Soybean Growers Produce Better Beans with Higher Yield Potential

When farmers plant Asgrow® brand soybeans, they’re planting better beans, bred to produce a consistently good crop with strong yield potential.

Early in the breeding process, a team of soybean genetic purification specialists takes extra steps, including extensive field and laboratory testing, to check Asgrow soybean lines for uniformity of genetic traits. This approach to genetic purification, combined with Asgrow’s elite germplasm, ultimately gives Asgrow soybean growers a competitive advantage in terms of yield, disease resistance and performance.

“Asgrow puts more money in the farmer’s pocket.”

Soybean farmers like Jason Oman of Findlay, Ohio, appreciate the extra steps. Oman says he sees the result on his fields and in his profits.

“They seem like they keep yielding,” he says. “The plant health is wonderful. The seed quality for Asgrow is top notch. It seems like it just puts more money in the farmer’s pocket. We just keep coming back to Asgrow soybeans.”

Such performance is why Oman and his father plant 100 percent of their soybean acres to Asgrow. “We’re very satisfied with our Asgrow soybeans. It seems like they take any kind of weather conditions throws at us. They’re very consistent.”

Missouri soybean grower Jim Collins is also aware of the “extra steps” that Asgrow purity specialists take during the breeding process, and feels that they help provide him with a better bean to plant on his fields. “Asgrow never stops upgrading their process to breed a better bean,” he says. “I feel like there are better yield capabilities out there with Asgrow soybeans.”

Collins began planting Asgrow soybeans 12 years ago, after watching them thrive on neighbors’ farms and in test plots. He’s been happy with their performance on his own farm ever since.

“When you harvest you get uniform maturity,” he says. “I’m very satisfied with Asgrow, and will most definitely consider increasing my percentage of Asgrow beans. They’re consistently in the top range of all my beans.”

Oman and Collins are not alone in their observations of the yield benefit of Asgrow soybeans. Asgrow brand ’08 Elites yielded on average 3.4 bushels more per acre than competitors’ brands.1

Tom Schaefer, U.S. Soybean Marketing Manager for Monsanto, says Asgrow purity specialists focus on genetic purity of future Asgrow products. “Our dedicated soybean purity team delivers a better overall soybean package to the grower,” Schaefer says. “Our commitment to delivering elite Asgrow germplasm in accordance with our stringent purity program means higher yield potential for growers and more potential profit for their hard work. This is really what Asgrow is all about, breeding better beans.”

1: Source 2006 Asgrow Research, product vs. brand summary of 2,344 individual head-to-head comparisons.

Always read and follow pesticide label instructions. Asgrow® is a trademark of Monsanto Technology LLC. All other trademarks are the property of their respective owners. ©2007 Monsanto Company.

When soybean farmers plant Asgrow® brand seeds, they can be confident they are getting high-performing seed with the following benefits:

• Uniform protection against
diseases and other stresses

• An evenly maturing crop for easier combining good harvest quality

• Consistent performance plant to plant, field to field and year to year

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