Joint Press Release: Monsanto, Sumitomo Chemical and Valent Extend Crop Protection Collaboration

Roundup Ready PLUS® Partnership Affirms Joint Commitment to Providing Crop Management Solutions to Farmers


Monday November 10, 2014


St. Louis
"Valent and Monsanto have successfully partnered through Roundup Ready PLUS Crop Management to bring farmers the best-performing herbicide solutions to manage tough and resistant weeds"

ST. LOUIS (Nov. 10, 2014) – Monsanto Company, Sumitomo Chemical Company, Ltd. (SCC), and SCC’s wholly-owned subsidiary, Valent U.S.A. Corporation, today announced an agreement to extend their strategic partnership in Monsanto’s Roundup Ready PLUS® Crop Management Solutions platform for soybeans and cotton in the United States.

Monsanto’s Roundup Ready PLUS Crop Management Solutions platform empowers farmers to maximize the performance of their Roundup Ready crops by developing effective, economical and sustainable approaches to controlling tough-to-manage and glyphosate-resistant weeds.  Farmers can earn cash-back incentives for using Roundup® brand agricultural herbicides with Roundup Ready PLUS endorsed products.  See for more details.

Valent herbicides that will continue to be endorsed in Roundup Ready PLUS as a result of this extended partnership include preemergence herbicides, such as Valor®, Valor® XLT, Fierce®, Fierce XLT and Chateau®, as well as post herbicides, such as Cobra®, Phoenix® and Select Max®.

“The extension of this collaboration ensures that we will continue to deliver choice and long-term value for farmers through Roundup Ready PLUS by incorporating valuable weed management solutions provided in the portfolio of Valent products,” according to Chris Reat, Roundup Ready PLUS marketing manager at Monsanto.  “By extending this strategic partnership with Valent, we are ensuring that soybean and cotton growers have the variety of effective options they need to proactively manage tough weeds and reduce the risk of developing weed resistance.”


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“Valent and Monsanto have successfully partnered through Roundup Ready PLUS Crop Management to bring farmers the best-performing herbicide solutions to manage tough and resistant weeds,” said Gary Schaefer, senior manager of the row crop herbicide business at Valent U.S.A. Corporation. “We look forward to continuing this strong partnership with Monsanto and to bringing new weed management solutions to farmers through the Roundup Ready PLUS platform.”

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: and Follow our business on Twitter® at, on the company blog, Beyond the Rows® at or subscribe to our News Release RSS Feed.

About Sumitomo Chemical Company, Limited

Headquartered in Tokyo, Japan, Sumitomo Chemical Company is one of Japan’s leading chemical companies, offering a diverse range of products globally in the fields of basic chemicals, petrochemicals, IT-related chemicals and materials, health and crop science products, and pharmaceuticals.  For additional information, visit the company’s website at

About Valent U.S.A. Corporation
Valent U.S.A. Corporation, headquartered in Walnut Creek, Calif., develops and markets products in the United States and Canada that protect agricultural crops, enhance crop yields, improve food quality, beautify the environment and safeguard public health. Valent products include a well-known line of quality herbicide, insecticide, fungicide and plant growth regulator products for agricultural, seed protection and professional use. Valent is a leader in marketing and sales of both traditional chemical products and also biorational products developed by its affiliate, Valent BioSciences.

For more information about Valent U.S.A. Corporation or our full product line, please call 800-6-VALENT (682-5368) or visit

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Chateau, Cobra, Fierce, Phoenix, Select Max and Valor are registered trademarks of Valent U.S.A. Corporation. 

Roundup and Roundup Ready PLUS are trademarks of Monsanto Company.


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