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Next-Generation RR Soybeans Arrive

Afarmer southwest of London, Ont. became the first in Canada to take delivery of soybeans with the Roundup Ready 2 Yield trait, Monsanto Canada said March 26. Grant Boyd, a corn and soybean grower at Dutton, Ont., bought the seed through his local DeKalb dealer.

Roundup Ready 2 Yield seed combines Roundup Ready crops’ genetically modified (GM) glyphosate tolerance with genetics that confer higher yield potential. Using gene mapping and insertion technology, the company developed soybeans that are predisposed to production of more beans per plant pod.

Roundup Ready 2 Yield soybeans are to be introduced as part of a “con-t rolled” commercial release this year, mainly in southern Ontario, Monsanto said. In 2010, the trait is expected to be planted across Eastern Canada in a variety of maturity groups.

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