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HarvXtra® Alfalfa with Roundup Ready® Technology Available Across U.S. starting Jan 1, 2017

SHOREVIEW, Minn. (August 23, 2016) / PRESS RELEASE

HarvXtra® Alfalfa with Roundup Ready® Technology from Forage Genetics International, LLC (FGI), the industry’s first genetically enhanced alfalfa developed to maximize quality compared to conventional alfalfa at the same stage of maturity, by reducing the amount of lignin in the plant, is widely available for planting across the continental United States starting Jan 1, 2017. Limited quantities of HarvXtra® Alfalfa with Roundup Ready® Technology planted in 2015 and 2016 scored high marks from farmers in an independent research trial, preparing the way for broader distribution in 2017.* READ FULL ARTICLE

“We’re looking forward to offering HarvXtra® alfalfa benefits to more growers in the coming season,” said Shawn Barnett, FGI general manager. “By modifying lignin content beyond what’s possible with conventional alfalfa breeding techniques, HarvXtra® alfalfa has been proven to change the relationship between forage quality and date of maturity. During its introductory phase last year and into this season, growers have reported seeing improved forage quality and greater cutting flexibility.”

HarvXtra® alfalfa, which is also stacked with Roundup Ready® Technology, offers growers a significant increase in quality when a normal harvest schedule is maintained. Research trials show a 16 percent increase in relative forage quality (RFQ) and 16 percent higher neutral detergent fiber digestibility (NDFd) across cuttings. Alternatively, growers benefit from cutting flexibility, and the ability to delay harvest for 7-10 days for an increased yield potential of up to 26 percent over the life of the stand, without sacrificing forage quality.**

“After we started the first cutting this year, it rained every couple of days, taking us more than a week to finish cutting,” said Wisconsin grower Mike Brunmeier. “We cut the HarvXtra® alfalfa last – about 10 days after the first fields were cut – along with a conventional alfalfa field for comparison. The samples we pulled showed that the HarvXtra® had a 42-point advantage in relative forage quality and scored higher than the conventional alfalfa in other feed value areas.”

Pennsylvania farmer Donnie Martin reported a significant difference in milk weight after feeding his dairy cows a ration that included HarvXtra® alfalfa in 2015. “We kept everything in the feed ration the same, only replacing the conventional alfalfa with HarvXtra® alfalfa,” he explained. “After the switch, we gained more than 2.5 pounds of milk per cow per day. That extra milk can really add up in a month.”

Visit www.harvxtra.com to learn more and find a list of brands that will offer HarvXtra® Alfalfa with Roundup Ready® Technology and discover where they can be purchased.

*Until December 31, 2016, HarvXtra® Alfalfa with Roundup Ready® Technology may only be sold and planted in the following states: Alabama, Arkansas, Connecticut, Delaware, Florida, Georgia, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, Mississippi, Missouri, Nebraska, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, North Carolina, North Dakota, Ohio, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, South Carolina, South Dakota, Tennessee, Texas, Vermont, Virginia, West Virginia, and Wisconsin (the “Eastern States”)

Starting January 1, 2017, HarvXtra® Alfalfa with Roundup Ready® Technology may be sold and planted in the Eastern States and also in the following states subject to a Seed and Feed Use Agreement: Arizona, California, Colorado, Idaho, Montana, Nevada, New Mexico, Oregon, Utah, Washington and Wyoming (the “Western States”)

** Data comes from FGI trials comparing HarvXtra® Alfalfa with Roundup Ready® Technology 2017 commercial varieties to commercial checks. Trials were seeded in 2013 and harvested in 2014 and 2015 from Nampa, Idaho, Touchet, Wash., Boone, Iowa, West Salem, Wisc., and Mt Joy, Pa. Yield increase is directly correlated to the ability to delay harvest.

About Forage Genetics International

For the past 25 years, Forage Genetics International (www.foragegenetics.com) has led the forage industry with innovative genetic discoveries, variety developments and cutting-edge product introductions. Our relentless drive for improved forage production is behind our unprecedented advancements. As the industry’s leading provider of forage solutions, we breed, develop and produce premier alfalfa seed. Our highly experienced staff delivers packaging, distribution and training services to complement our premium product offerings — all customized to meet the varied needs of our customers.

Industry’s First Genetically Enhanced Alfalfa Offers Growers More Flexibility

DECEMBER 23, 2015 / PRESS RELEASE

Forage Genetics International (FGI) and Monsanto are excited to announce that HarvXtra® alfalfa with Roundup Ready® Technology is available, in limited quantities and a limited geography, for sale and planting in 2016. HarvXtra® Alfalfa is the industry’s first genetically enhanced alfalfa technology developed to maximize quality, giving growers the ability to better manage the yield-versus-quality tradeoff. It offers more flexibility in cutting schedule to achieve improved forage quality or greater yield potential when compared to conventional alfalfa at the same stage of maturity. READ FULL ARTICLE

“There are two key ways that producers can utilize the HarvXtra® alfalfa technology,” said Shawn Barnett, FGI General Manager. “First, they can maintain their normal harvest schedule for higher-quality forage compared to conventional alfalfa harvested at the same growth stage. Otherwise, they can delay harvest 7-10 days and obtain higher tonnage without sacrificing forage quality.”

HarvXtra® technology fundamentally changes the relationship between forage quality and stage of maturity, by modifying lignin content beyond what is possible with conventional alfalfa breeding techniques. It has on average 12-15% less lignin and 12-15% higher neutral detergent fiber digestibility (NDFd) and relative forage quality (RFQ) than conventional alfalfa harvested at the same stage of maturity.

HarvXtra® alfalfa will be stacked with Roundup Ready® Technology, which enables growers the ability to apply Roundup agricultural herbicides up to 5 days before cutting for unsurpassed weed control with excellent crop safety.

For the 2016 growing season, HarvXtra® Alfalfa with Roundup Ready® Technology product is available for planting in a limited geography. Growers must direct any product produced from HarvXtra® Alfalfa with Roundup Ready® Technology for U.S. domestic use only.

The HarvXtra® Alfalfa with Roundup Ready® Technology is only for sale and planting in the following states in 2016: Alabama, Arkansas, Connecticut, Delaware, Florida, Georgia, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, Mississippi, Missouri, Nebraska, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, North Carolina, North Dakota, Ohio, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, South Carolina, South Dakota, Tennessee, Texas, Vermont, Virginia, West Virginia and Wisconsin.

HarvXtra® alfalfa was developed through a strategic partnership between FGI, The Samuel Roberts Noble Foundation, the U.S. Dairy Forage Research Center, and Pioneer, in conjunction with Monsanto. HarvXtra® alfalfa will be sold in a trait stack with Genuity® Roundup Ready® alfalfa, offering producers a number of advantages. In addition to the improved quality and harvest flexibility benefits of HarvXtra® alfalfa, Genuity® Roundup Ready® technology delivers the ability to increase yield potential with faster stand establishment and less competition from weeds or traditional cover crops such as oats.

About Forage Genetics International

For the past 50 years, Forage Genetics International (www.foragegenetics.com) has led the forage industry in innovative genetic discoveries, variety developments and cutting-edge product introductions. Our relentless drive for improved forage production is behind our unprecedented advancements. As the industry’s leading provider of forage solutions, we breed, develop and produce premier alfalfa seed. Our highly experienced staff delivers packaging, distribution and training services to complement our premium product offerings — all customized to meet the varied needs of our customers.

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