New Program Gives Farmers a Chance to Test New Products

Monsanto is introducing an on-farm trial program. The Ground Breakers program will give farmers first-hand experience with pipeline products under commercial-scale planting conditions. According to Monsanto Corn Traits Marketing Manager Matt Kirkpatrick – the program not only gives farmers a chance to better understand product benefits – but an opportunity to give Monsanto feedback on the product. Monsanto will pilot the Ground Breakers program this season with the new drought-tolerant corn system, Genuity® DroughtGard™ Hybrids. Approximately 250 growers throughout the Western Great Plains region will have the opportunity to plant DroughtGard Hybrids on their farm.

Moving forward – Monsanto will evaluate which products may be a good fit for this new program. They already plan to evaluate a Ground Breakers program for the Roundup Ready® Xtend Crop System for soybeans pending key regulatory approvals. is dedicated to serving the agricultural industry in the Carolinas and Virginia with the latest ag news, exclusive regional weather station readings, and key crop market information. The website is a companion of the Southern Farm Network, provider of daily agricultural radio programming to the Carolinas since 1974. presents radio programs, interviews and news relevant to crop and livestock production and research throughout the mid-Atlantic agricultural community.