Envisioning the Future of Farming

Research and Development

We exist to serve farmers. Our research and development pipeline works to provide farmers with the tools, seeds, and software they need to cultivate our food and fiber while protecting the environment. We firmly believe a healthy and vibrant planet leads to a greater harvest.

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The men and women who grow our food deserve smart, effective, and sustainable solutions.

We provide them by collaborating with universities, nonprofits, and other innovators. From smartphone apps analyzing satellite weather data, to insights about microbes living in the soil, we’re in constant pursuit of new tools and ideas for farmers.

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Explore Our Research and Development Efforts


Controlling Insect Damage
Insects can be helpful or harmful when growing plants. Whether you’re a farmer with 400 acres or a backyard gardener, you can appreciate the vital benefits provided by pollinators, and the challenges posed by destructive insects.
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Managing Weed Invasions
Weeds create havoc for farmers. They steal water, soil, and sunlight from crops. This can contribute to higher food prices, more tractor emissions, and smaller harvests. We’re developing a broad range of solutions to help farmers combat this annual problem.
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Preventing Plant Disease
Just like people, plants get sick. It may be a fungus, bacteria, or a virus spreading from one crop to another. Sometimes this leads to diseases that can infect entire fields of crops. This can contribute to rising food costs, more crops wasted in the field, and other consequences.
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Supporting Biodiversity
We share the earth with countless plants, animals, and microbes. Preserving a wide variety of life is critical to the health of not only the local ecosystem, but the whole planet. We continuously strive to create products that work in better harmony with the natural world.
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All Innovations

  • Unlocking Hidden Potential
    • Biotechnology & GMOs

      Introducing greater tolerance and adaptability to a seed product.

    • Plant Breeding

      Merging plant genetics for improved yield, water efficiency, and more.

  • Conceiving New Growing Tools
    • Agricultural Biologicals

      Using naturally-occurring microbes to benefit the soil and seed.

    • Crop Protection

      Guarding plants from disease, weeds, and pests.

    • Data Science

      Measuring the health of plants, available natural resources, and the efficiency of a farm.

  • Envisioning the Future of Farming
    • Research & Development

      Discovering innovative solutions to challenges big and small, helping farmers grow more sustainably.

    • Modern Agriculture

      Evolving the approach to agricultural innovations and farming practices that helps farmers increase efficiency