2008 Elites Class from Asgrow® Offers Soybean Farmers Excellent Yield Potential and Consistency with Plant Health Traits

ST. LOUIS, Mo. (October 1, 2007) – Asgrow® has introduced its 2008 class of 16 new Elites products, all high-performing soybeans providing farmers with excellent yield potential and consistent performance and plant health.

“Asgrow products are evaluated by our genetic purity specialists,” explains Betsy Hill, U.S. Asgrow Soybean Technical Manager at Monsanto. “They take extra steps at the onset of the breeding process to provide soybean farmers with ‘better beans’ that have the genetic purity and consistency to deliver higher yield potential at harvest.”

“Asgrow has access to one of the world’s largest, most diverse germplasm pools,” says Tom Schaefer, U.S. Soybean Marketing Manager for Monsanto. “Asgrow genetic purification and breeding refinements are focused on plant health, disease resistance and yield characteristics resulting in more than 15 new products each year.”

Additionally, this year’s Elites lineup includes six new Vistive™ low-linolenic varieties, which offer premiums to farmers, as well as the opportunity to meet the growing consumer demand for healthier diets.

Nationally, six of the most exciting new 2008 Asgrow Elites products include AG1403, AG2108, AG2606, AG3205, AG3803 and AG4405. Here is a brief description of these products:

AG1403 – Mid-Group 1 Roundup Ready® soybean product that produces a medium bush plant type with excellent standability and emergence. It features very good iron chlorosis tolerance and very good white mold tolerance with exceptional yield potential.

AG2108 – An Early Group 2 Roundup Ready product featuring high yield potential coupled with very good iron chlorosis tolerance. This product offers excellent emergence and standability, combined with moderate resistance to race 3 soybean cyst nematode. May be packaged with AG2002 or AG2107 for SCN and high pH.

AG2606 – Mid-Group 2 Roundup Ready product. An attractive plant type with excellent yield potential and very good emergence with Phytophthora protection with the Rps1c gene and moderate resistance to race 3 soybean cyst nematode. Farmers can plant with confidence on all acres without high pH issues.

AG3205 – An Early Group 3 Roundup Ready product. It is highly adaptive and versatile, with high yield potential across all field types. Features excellent brown stem rot resistance, moderate resistance to race 3 soybean cyst nematode, and multi-race Phytophthora protection with the Rps1c gene.

AG3803 – This Group 3 Roundup Ready soybean product features high yield potential and delivers consistent performance across the Corn Belt. This product is resistant to race 3 soybean cyst nematode, and also offers multi-race Phytophthora protection, as well as very good field tolerance. It produces an attractive plant with tall, thin canopy with a gray phenotype.

AG4405 – A Mid-Group 4 Roundup Ready product that is ideal for conservation tillage. Features multi-race Phytophthora protection with the Rps1c gene, in addition to resistance to race 3 soybean cyst nematode. It is suited for positioning in fields where southern stem canker and sudden death syndrome have been problems in the past.