Press Release •  6/19/2018

Monsanto and Corteva Agriscience, Expand Licensing Agreement for Roundup Ready 2 Xtend® Technology

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Agreement Expands Weed Management Flexibility for North American Farmers; Reinforces Both Companies’ Commitment to Collaborations that Drive Solutions for Agricultural Productivity

ST. LOUIS and WILMINGTON, Del. — Monsanto Company and Corteva Agriscience™, Agriculture Division of DowDuPont (NYSE: DWDP), announced today the companies have reached an agreement on an expanded license for Roundup Ready 2 Xtend® technology for soybeans. Through this non-exclusive, royalty bearing license, Corteva Agriscience™ will offer U.S. and Canadian growers additional weed control flexibility through broader access to Roundup Ready 2 Xtend® technology across its North America seed brand portfolio. Specifically, the technology can be incorporated into the Mycogen® and Dairyland Seed® brands in the U.S. and the Brevant seed brand in Canada.

Soybeans containing the Roundup Ready 2 Xtend® trait are the industry's first biotech-stacked soybeans with both dicamba and glyphosate herbicide tolerance, and are built on the high-yielding Roundup Ready 2 Yield® technology. Additional terms of the licensing agreement were not disclosed.

“This announcement underscores our commitment to expanding choices for growers to select the appropriate genetic and trait combinations for their farms,” said Mike Dillon, Corteva Agriscience™ Global Portfolio Leader—Soybeans. “Corteva Agriscience™ has one of the broadest herbicide portfolios for soybean weed control in the industry. The additional flexibility to add Roundup Ready 2 Xtend® technology to the portfolios of more of our trusted brands allows growers additional options for approved dicamba formulations in their soybean weed management programs.”

“Monsanto’s commitment to broad licensing is unwavering, and this agreement will provide greater grower choice and make the entire industry stronger,” said Monsanto Global Corn and Soy Technology Lead Calvin Treat. “Several factors contribute to strong and productive soybean fields. The proven advantages of the Roundup Ready 2 Xtend® technology are owed to two core fundamentals: clean fields and strong yields. Based on these advantages, Monsanto has seen strong adoption of the Roundup Ready 2 Xtend® technology over the last two years and expects the technology to reach 40 million acres in 2018.”

For more information on the Roundup Ready Xtend Crop System, visit

About Monsanto Company

Monsanto is committed to bringing a broad range of solutions to help nourish our growing world. We produce seeds for fruits, vegetables and key crops—such as corn, soybeans, and cotton—that help farmers have better harvests while using water and other important resources more efficiently. We work to find sustainable solutions for soil health, help farmers use data to improve farming practices and conserve natural resources, and provide crop protection products to minimize damage from pests and disease. Through programs and partnerships, we collaborate with farmers, researchers, nonprofit organizations, universities and others to help tackle some of the world’s biggest challenges. To learn more about Monsanto, our commitments and our more than 20,000 dedicated employees, please visit Follow our business on Twitter® at

About Corteva Agriscience, Agriculture Division of DowDuPont

Corteva Agriscience, Agriculture Division of DowDuPont (NYSE: DWDP), is intended to become an independent, publicly traded company when the previously announced spinoff is complete by June 2019. The division combines the strengths of DuPont Pioneer, DuPont Crop Protection and Dow AgroSciences. Corteva Agriscience provides growers around the world with the most complete portfolio in the industry—including some of the most recognized brands in agriculture: Pioneer®, Encirca®, the newly launched Brevant Seeds, as well as award-winning Crop Protection products—while bringing new products to market through our solid pipeline of active chemistry and technologies. More information can be found at Follow Corteva Agriscience™, Agriculture Division of DowDuPont, on FacebookInstagramLinkedInTwitter and YouTube.

For more information, contact:
Camille Scott
(314) 694-4645

Corteva Agriscience™:
Kacey Birchmier
(515) 535-6149