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Roundup Ready soybean patent expiring

By David Hallauer

Meadowlark Extension District Agent

There are a number of questions surrounding the expiration of Monsanto’s original Roundup Ready soybean trait in 2014 (and the last applicable third-party patent in early 2015). One of those has been whether producers will be able to grow varieties with the original Roundup Ready trait in 2014, save seed, and replant in 2015.

According to Kansas State University soybean breeder Bill Schapaugh, the answer isn’t a simple yes or no. It depends on several other factors—and other patents (such as varietal) for specific varieties that are likely to continue for at least several years after the Roundup Ready trait patent has expired. They may also be protected by plant variety protection certificates or other intellectual property mechanisms, such as a license or contract.

What’s all that mean? Simply put, you will need to check with your seed supplier to see what your options are. If you want to do a little research on your own, check out Monsanto’s FAQ section on the topic at www.soybeans.com.

Date: 2/3/2013

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