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Will New technologies save the planet? An Agricultural Perspective. David C. Heering, Ph.D Monsanto Company. What will drive the next decade in farming?. Demand for food, feed and fuel: - High yield farming essential - Technology and management saves habitats

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will new technologies save the planet an agricultural perspective

Will New technologies save the planet? An Agricultural Perspective.

David C. Heering, Ph.D

Monsanto Company

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What will drive the next decade in farming?

  • Demand for food, feed and fuel:
    • - High yield farming essential
    • - Technology and management saves habitats
  • Limiting factors: Water/Land
    • - 70% of fresh water used in agriculture (FAO)
  • Global challenges: Climate change
    • - Carbon footprint of fuel AND food production
  • Human nutrition and health:
    • - Improved oils; vitamins
    • - Ever increasing demands for healthy diet
technology s impact on crop yields
Technology’s Impact On Crop Yields

Source: March 2006. Crop Science. Ref# 46:528-543

US CORN YIELDS from 1865 to the present

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Yield I

Feed: 2nd Gen. high-value corn with lysine*

Feed: High Protein Soy*

OmniSoy

CRWIII

HBC a’

Bt/RR2

SCN

YGVT PRO Stacks

Soy Protein

Cold

Processing: High Oil Soy*

High Stearate

Rust

RR2Y

Drought II

Feed: HVS*

Dicamba

Disease

Mavera high-value corn with lysine*

Yield

Nitrogen

Drought I

YGVT Stacks

Omega-3

RR2+ Yield

RHS Canola

Renessen corn processing system*

Modified Oil Canola

Commercialization dependent on many factors, including successful conclusion of regulatory process

* Renessen is a Monsanto/Cargill joint venture

Future biotech products: Monsanto corn and oilseed pipelines

Nitrogen

Utilisation

Efficiency

Drought

Tolerance

2006

2007

2008

2009+

Omega 3

CORN

OILSEEDS

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Arabidopsis

  • control with gene

Overcoming Insufficient Fresh Water for Crop Usage: Drought Tolerance

  • The Challenge
  • Agriculture is responsible for 70% of freshwater withdrawal (UNEP).
  • By 2025, Developing Countries will have ~ 300 Million MT grain deficits due to water scarcity
  • Drought Tolerance Product Concept
  • Yield gain through water use efficiency
  • Yield gain from water deficit tolerance
  • Benefits
  • Increased, more stable yield
  • Flexible Water Management
  • Reduced Water Consumption, Cost Savings
sustainable yield initiative helping farmers grow yields sustainably
Sustainable Yield Initiative: Helping Farmers Grow Yields Sustainably

Improved seeds and agronomics that reduce aggregate use of key resources by 1/3 per unit of output by 2030 vs. 2000

Conserve More

Improved seeds and agronomics for corn, soy, & cotton farmers to double yields from 2000-2030

Produce More

Improved seeds and agronomics proven to make farmers of all sizes more productive including >5M additional subsistence farmers by 2020

Improve Farmers’ Lives

improve farmers lives
Improve Farmers’ Lives
  • Example:Water Efficient Maize for Africa (WEMA)
    • Partnership approach: AATF, CYMMT, Monsanto, Gates Foundation, Buffet Foundation
    • Goal: Develop drought-tolerant corn hybrids for Africa
    • Countries Involved: Kenya, Uganda, Tanzania, Mozambique, South Africa
  • Goal: Improve the lives of an additional 5 million farm families in developing countries by 2020

Did you know? There are still nearly one billion people engaged in agriculture on a global basis.