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Article from DTN - The Progressive Farmer by Chris Clayton

OMAHA (DTN) -- Leaders of the Missouri Soybean Merchandising Council capped a long effort to right the ship at the organization on Wednesday with an announcement to form a partnership with an Iowa company to commercialize a non-biotech, high-oleic soybean seed developed through farmer checkoff dollars.

Just a year ago, the council was in the middle of a lawsuit to recover royalties and end a licensing agreement with another company on the high-oleic soybeans and other seed varieties.

Under the agreement signed Wednesday outside of Columbia, Missouri, the council granted a new license, commercializing the high-oleic seed traits to Schillinger Genetics, Inc., an Iowa company. Schillinger Genetics will not only sell seeds with the high-oleic trait, but will also breed soybean varieties combining high-oleic with low-linolenic soybean oil traits, the council stated. The partnership involves licenses for breeding soybean varieties with the high-oleic technology as well as scaling up a seed program to sell the varieties in both Canada and the U.S.

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Article from St. Louis Today written by Tim Baker


 

Five years ago, Dan Beyers took his farm in a new direction. Or, rather, back in an old direction.

The Pana, Ill.-area farmer had been using corn and soybean seeds genetically modified to work with glyphosate — the generic name for Monsanto’s signature Roundup herbicide. But he reached a point at which he said it no longer made sense from a dollars standpoint.

So he turned his back on GMO crops.

“As they added more traits, we didn’t really see a yield advantage. And every time they added a trait, they added cost,” said Beyers, who also worries that GMO seeds could be damaging his soil.

Clearly the world of farming is still dominated by seeds that have been genetically altered to help them deal with drought, insects and weeds. But there’s anecdotal evidence suggesting that more farmers are considering the path Beyers has chosen.

Several factors are in play, including the premium prices that non-GMO crops — particularly soybeans — can fetch at the market. But also there is growing concern about the decreasing effectiveness of glyphosate, with farmers increasingly running into weeds that have developed resistance to the herbicide that revolutionized modern farming.

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Golden Crops From Non-Biotech Seed

Last spring, for the first time in 20 years, Indiana farmer Jim Benham planted his fields entirely with soybean seeds that hadn’t been genetically modified to withstand herbicides.

It wasn’t because the 63-year-old suddenly had embraced the anti-GMO movement... Read the rest on the Wall Street Journal or download a scanned copy

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