The last patent on the original Roundup Ready® soybean trait expired a few years ago and U.S. farmers may legally plant saved seed from some varieties of soybean containing the Roundup Ready® soybean trait. However, it is important that you check with your seed supplier to determine if a specific Roundup Ready® soybean variety is covered by other intellectual property rights, and if so, the policy for saving seed of that variety.
Higher Seeding Rate
A higher seeding rate may be required for bin-run Roundup Ready® soybeans compared to new branded seed.
Roundup Ready 2 Yield® soybean varieties and Roundup Ready 2 Xtend® soybean varieties typically have a higher yield opportunity than Roundup Ready® soybean varieties.
Loss of seed and/or shrink occurs during seed cleaning and handling processes for bin-run seed.
Seed Treatment Costs
Treating your seed will add costs - both the cost of the treatment and the application of that treatment.
Every bushel of saved seed you plant is a bushel you're not selling as commodity grain.
Increased Seed Management
If you plan to save and bin-run Roundup Ready® soybeans for planting, you will have to manage your harvest operations and grain storage so that the seed isn't co-mingled with other seed that's covered by intellectual property rights.
Reliable Germination and Quality