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Post Patent Puzzle
Emily Unglesbee DTN Staff Reporter
Wed Sep 24, 2014 10:19 AM CDT

ST. LOUIS (DTN) -- Twenty years have passed since Roundup Ready 1 soybeans were first deregulated, and the trait is coming off patent this year into a changed agricultural landscape.

Biotech traits in agriculture are the norm, new herbicide-tolerant crops are close at hand, and Roundup Ready 1's original patent-holder, Monsanto, is eager to relegate its very first biotech trait to the annals of history.

But for now, countless farmers still grow soybeans with the Roundup Ready 1 trait, and its transition off patent leaves a host of questions for the industry and farmers. Will seed be cheaper this fall? ...

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