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Asgrow announces 2009 lineup of soybeans

Asgrow recently announced its inaugural lineup of six new Asgrow brand Roundup Ready 2 Yield soybean products for 2009, combining high-performing genetics with the latest trait technology to deliver consistently higher yields and profit potential to soybean farmers.

Products now available include AG2839, AG2939, AG3139, AG3239, AG3439 and AG3539.

For 2009, Asgrow brand Roundup Ready 2 Yield soybeans will be available, mainly in late Group 2 to mid Group 3 varieties, throughout Iowa, Nebraska, Ohio and Pennsylvania, as well as most of Illinois and Indiana and portions of northern Missouri, Kansas, Maryland and Michigan.

Late Group 2 Maturity soybeans:

--AG2839 Brand: An attractive, medium bush plant with good lateral branching that closes the row well. With consistent, high-yield potential on medium to heavy soils, it responds well to high management practices. It provides strong emergence, Phytophthora gene protection, soybean cyst nematode resistance and standability.

--AG2939 Brand: Valuable combination of yield and defensive characteristics are packaged into one product. It contains the Rps1k gene for Phytophthora resistance and moderate resistance to race 3 soybean cyst nematode. Strong performance was demonstrated across the Corn Belt in 2007 and 2008.

Early Group 3 Maturity soybeans:

--AG3139 Brand: Offers excellent agronomics and defensive package for the central and western Corn Belt, as well as protection against Phytophthora with the Rps1c gene and good field tolerance. It has moderate resistance to race 3 soybean cyst nematode and above average tolerance to sudden death syndrome.

--AG3239 Brand: This highly versatile product is a medium tall, gray plant type with broad adaptation across the group 3 maturity zone. It offers high yield potential that responds well to intensive management, as well as protection against Phytophthora with the Rps1c gene and good field tolerance. It shows moderate resistance to race 3 soybean cyst nematode, brown stem rot, and above average tolerance to sudden death syndrome.

Mid Group 3 Maturity soybeans:

--AG3439 Brand: It showed consistent, high yield performance across a range of environments in 2007 and 2008, and Rps1c Phytophthora gene resistance with very good field tolerance and moderate resistance to race 3 soybean cyst nematode. It works well in different tillage systems and row spacings.

--AG3539 Brand: This attractive medium tall, gray plant with a medium plant canopy harvests with ease. It has a strong Phytophthora package including the Rps1k gene and field tolerance to protect against yield-robbing disease and shows m Moderate resistance to soybean cyst nematode. It is well adapted to high management soybean cropping systems with the emergence and standability needed for top-end yields.

Roundup Ready 2 Yield technology is the second generation of Monsanto's Roundup Ready soybeans. The technology offers farmers the same flexible, dependable weed control and crop safety as original Roundup Ready soybeans, but with higher yield potential resulting from advanced gene mapping and insertion technology. It will be planted on more than 1.5 million acres in 2009. A full commercial launch on 5 to 6 million acres nationwide is planned in 2010.

"Asgrow Roundup Ready 2 Yield products will set the landscape for improved soybean production," said Jeff Wheeler, Asgrow business lead. "After three years of field testing more than 10,000 different products, those being introduced for 2009 will provide farmers with higher yield potential based not only on the advanced trait technology, but also on high-performing Asgrow genetics."

A new proprietary seed treatment, Acceleron, designed specifically for Roundup Ready 2 Yield soybeans, provides early-season protection against diseases such as pythium, phytophthora, rhizoctonia and fusarium. All Roundup Ready 2 Yield varieties in 2009 will come with Acceleron seed treatment.

The Asgrow brand AccuSure Seed Count System for Roundup Ready 2 Yield soybeans ensures each bag of Asgrow brand Roundup Ready 2 Yield seed, regardless of variety, will provide the same number soybean seed. Farmers can expect a consistent 140,000 seed in every bag. Mini-bulk units will contain the equivalent of 40 bags or a consistent 5.6 million seed. The physical size of the bag may vary but the seed count will remain consistent, just like corn or cotton products.

For more information, , call a local Asgrow sales representative, or visit www.Asgrow.com.

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