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Be Smart, Buy New Seed!

Using bin-run can lead to yield loss, higher planting rates, and lost income.

Seeding rates are always higher for bin-run seed. New genetics, especially Roundup Ready 2 Yield soybeans, out-yield older genetics with studies showing 6.1 bu/A*. Income is lost, not only the yield loss from genetics, but also the need to save seed for the next year.

Buying new seed gives you the latest technology and genetics, customer service, and reliable emergence.

High yielding new genetics and latest trait technologies are only available from reputable seed dealers. Reliable emergence comes from genetics, proper storage, and quality seed treatments. Dealer support is available before and after the sale. Also replant programs are available from seed dealers for added peace of mind.

Buying new seed is supported by the industry with Beyond the Seed Program by the American Seed Trade Association (ASTA). This program brings awareness and understanding to the success of quality seeds to continue to growth in technology. Visit ASTA’s Beyond the Seed Program at (opens in a new window).

*First year results of 2 - year protocol study with independent cooperators across 8 locations examining the yield differences of saved Roundup Ready soybeas versus newly purchased Roundup Ready 2 Yield soybeans.

A Message About Stewardship

Seed and Traits

Monsanto Company is committed to enhancing grower productivity and profitability through the introduction of new modern agricultural biotechnology seed trait technologies (traits). These new technologies bring enhanced value and benefits to growers, and growers assume new responsibilities for proper management of those traits. Growers planting seed with biotech traits agree to implement good stewardship practices, including, but not limited to:

  • Reading and signing a Monsanto Technology / Stewardship Agreement (MTSA) and reading all annual license terms updates before purchase or use of any seed containing a trait. Growers must sign their own Stewardship Agreement.

  • Reading and following the directions for use on all product labels and following applicable stewardship practices as outlined in this TUG and IRM guides.

    • Observing regional planting restrictions such as those for Bollgard® or Bollgard II® in certain Texas counties, South Florida, Hawaii, Puerto Rico, and the U.S. Virgin Islands.

    • Comply with any additional stewardship requirements, such as grain or feed use agreements or geographical planting restrictions, that Monsanto deems appropriate or necessary to implement for proper stewardship or regulator compliance.

    • Following the Weed Resistance Management Guidelines to minimize the risk of resistance development.

    • Complying with the applicable Insect Resistance Management (IRM) practices for specific biotech traits as mandated by the Enviromental Protection Agency (EPA) and set forth in this TUG.

    • Utilizing all seed with biotech traits for planting a single crop.

    • Selling harvested corn with biotech traits not yet fully approved by the European Union (E.U.) only to grain handlers that confirm their acceptance, or using that grain as on-farm feed.

    • Not moving material containing biotech traits across boundries into nations where import is not permitted.

    • Not selling, promoting and /or distributing within a state where the product is not yet registered.

If you have any questions about seed stewardship or become aware of individuals utilizing biotech traits in a manner other than as noted above, please call 1-800-768-6387. Letters reporting unacceptable or unauthorized use of biotech traits may be sent to:

Monsanto Trait Stewardship
800 N. Lindbergh Boulevard C3ND
St. Louis, MO 63167

Provide confidential or anonymous reports as below:

"Anonymous" reporting results when a person reports information to Monsanto in such a way the identity of the person reporting the information cannot be identified. This kind of information includes telephone calls requesting anonymity and unsigned letters.

"Confidential" reporting results when a person reports information to Monsanto in such a way the reporting person's identity is known to Monsanto. Every effort will be made to protect a person's identity, but it is important to understand that a court may order Monsanto to reveal the identity of people who are "known" to have supplied relevant information.

Technology / Stewardship Agreement

Growers who purchase Monsanto's traited seed for planting are required to execute an MTSA and are required to refer to Monsanto's current TUG for information on crop stewardship.

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