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Indian state warns local firms over spread of unauthorized Monsanto GM cotton

NEW DELHI (Reuters) – A top Indian cotton-growing state has told two local companies that seeds they sold to farmers may have contained traces of an unapproved GM strain from Monsanto, according to government notices seen by Reuters that warn of action against the firms. U.S. agrochemicals company Monsanto Co told Reuters late last year […] Read more

Monsanto’s troubles with its Roundup Ready 2 Extend variety is said to be opening the door to its rivals in the soybean variety business.  |  File photo

Battle of the beans

WINNIPEG/CHICAGO — Monsanto is facing major threats to its historic dominance of seed and herbicide technology for the $40 billion U.S. soybean market. Rivals BASF and DowDuPont are preparing to push their own varieties of genetically modified soybeans. At stake is control over seed supply for the next generation of farmers producing the most valuable […] Read more

Monsanto froze plans for commercial sales of the product called NemaStrike, which can protect corn, soybeans and cotton from nematodes worms that reduce yields. The company said it conducted three years of field tests across the United States in preparation for a full launch and that more than 400 people used it this year as part of a trial. | Screencap via www.acceleronsas.com

Monsanto halts launch of U.S. seed treatment after users complain of rashes

CHICAGO, Nov 1 (Reuters) – Monsanto Co. has put on hold the launch of a new seed treatment following reports it causes rashes on people. It is the latest instance of complaints about a company product that was approved by U.S. environmental regulators. Monsanto froze plans for commercial sales of the product called NemaStrike, which […] Read more


Sales of corn seed and traits, Monsanto's biggest segment by revenue, rose nearly 16 percent in the quarter ended Aug. 31. | File photo

Monsanto 4th quarter profit up as corn, soy seed sales jump

CHICAGO, Oct 4 (Reuters) – Monsanto Co, which is being acquired by Bayer AG , reported a quarterly profit of US$20 million, compared with a year-ago loss of $191 million, as seed licensing deals in the typically low-revenue fourth quarter lifted sales. Monsanto shares were up slightly at $119.88 after earlier touching a more-than-two-year high. […] Read more

Bayer has agreed to sell its Liberty herbicide and LibertyLink-branded seeds businesses to win antitrust approval for its acquisition of Monsanto. | Bayer photo

Bayer to sell Liberty crop protection brands in Monsanto deal

FRANKFURT, Germany (Reuters) — Bayer has agreed to sell its Liberty herbicide and LibertyLink-branded seed businesses to win antitrust approval for its acquisition of Monsanto. The divestment of the two global brands, a requirement imposed by South Africa’s Competition Commission, will account for the bulk of asset sales, worth about $2.5 billion, which need to […] Read more


Bayer has agreed to sell its Liberty herbicide and LibertyLink-branded seeds businesses to win antitrust approval for its acquisition of Monsanto. | Bayer photo

Bayer to sell Liberty crop protection brands to get Monsanto deal passed

FRANKFURT, Germany (Reuters) — Bayer has agreed to sell its Liberty herbicide and LibertyLink-branded seeds businesses to win antitrust approval for its acquisition of Monsanto. The divestment of the two global brands, a requirement imposed by South Africa’s Competition Commission, will account for the bulk of asset sales, worth about $2.5 billion, which need to […] Read more

Monsanto Co., which is in the process of being bought by Germany's Bayer AG for $66 billion, reported a better-than-expected quarterly profit today, helped by strong demand for its soybean and corn seeds. | File photo

Monsanto Q2 profit jumps on strong demand for seeds

CHICAGO, Ill. (Reuters) — U.S. seeds and agrochemicals company Monsanto Co., which is in the process of being bought by Germany’s Bayer AG for $66 billion, reported a better-than-expected quarterly profit today, helped by strong demand for its soybean and corn seeds. Monsanto’s shares were up 1.6 percent at $115.84 after earlier hitting a 22-month […] Read more

Monsanto has secured approval from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency for a new formulation dicamba-based weed killer designed for its next generation biotech soy and cotton varieties. | File photo

EPA approves Monsanto’s dicamba weed killer

Nov 9 (Reuters) – U.S. seeds and agrochemicals maker Monsanto Co has secured approval from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency for a new formulation dicamba-based weed killer designed for its next generation biotech soy and cotton varieties, the company said on Wednesday. The dicamba-tolerant trait in soybeans and cotton was approved in 2015, and the […] Read more


Anti-Monsanto protests, like this one in Saskatoon in 2013, are indicative of the intense opposition to the company by some members of the public.  |  File photo

Bayer may give GMO new lease on life

Putting Monsanto out of its misery could shift future debates about genetically modified crops to arguments based on fact rather than emotion. Agricultural chemical and seed technology giant Monsanto is arguably the most detested company in the world. But Bayer’s acquisition of St. Louis-based Monsanto will likely mean the latter (or at least its brand) […] Read more

The combined Bayer and Monsanto company will have the majority of canola seed acres. | File photo

Monsanto takeover faces tough road

Bayer’s US$66 billion bid for the American company faces opposition among grower groups in Canada and the U.S.

CORRECTION – This story has been edited from its original format. This story contained proprietary information that was inadvertently provided to the Western Producer. That information has been removed. Bayer’s takeover of Monsanto would create a near-monopoly player in the canola industry, drive up seed prices and stifle innovation, say farm groups and analysts. The […] Read more