Roundup Ready 1 Soybeans: Can Seeds Be Saved This Fall?
Posted: March 18, 2014
During our Extension travels the past few months, we have been asked about the impending patent expiration of Roundup Ready 1 (RR1) soybean traits in 2014. The questions were focusing on the potential of saving soybean seed this fall with the intent to plant them in 2015. Unfortunately, the answers are not so clear and in fact can be rather complicated. The simple answer is ― ask your seed dealer. Aside from basic patent rights for the RR1 trait there are potentially numerous patents on seed varieties that involve the seed companies. It may be possible for growers to be issued a license to replant seed from original Roundup Ready varieties in 2015 if certain conditions are met, but this will be determined by each seed supplier. Also, keep in mind, growers cannot sell RR1 bin-run seed to other growers even after the patent expires; federal rules still regulate who sells genetically modified traits. There are many factors involved and Monsanto has compiled a website to help with this process. It includes a lot of good information on the patent issues, FAQs, and a “decision tree” to assist in determining if you can plant your bin-run seed next year. Here is the Monsanto website. Additional comments about this topic can be found in an article from Kansas State University.