Monsanto looks to launch new herbicide-tolerant canola, soybean varieties in coming years

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Dicamba-tolerant canola is coming and so is a triple-threat soybean, resistant to glyphosate, dicamba and glufosinate.

That’s just some of what’s in Monsanto’s crop and weed-control pipeline, Robb Fraley, the seed and pesticide giant’s executive vice-president and chief technology officer told reporters during a conference call Jan. 4.

Triple-stacked soybeans will hit fields sooner than dicamba-tolerant canola, Fraley said.

“Depending on the final regulatory approvals we should launch in the next two to three years,” he said about the new soybeans….

New, precise, gene editing techniques can increase crop yields and research efficiency, Fraley said.

CRISPR is one that has made headlines, but new editing tools are being developed almost weekly, he said. Monsanto has been making deals with some of the developers, including the Broad Institute in Cambridge, Mass., to get access to them.

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Gene edited plants should go through the regulatory process faster than those with foreign genes, but they’re still going to require six or seven years of plant breeding and seed production, Fraley said.

“I think those first-generation products really will represent a combination of breeding traits, biotech traits, gene edited traits, because that’s what’s going to give farmers the benefits and features that are important in their operation,” he said.

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