Monsanto Announces Deltapine Class Of 10 Cotton Varieties Class Holds Potential To Increase Cotton Profitability

St. Louis, Dec. 14, 2009 – Monsanto Company announced today that the Deltapine Class of 10 will
include six new cotton varieties. More than 160 farmers across the Cotton Belt participated in the
New Product Exposure (NPE) program this summer, testing some of the 13 candidates on their farms.
The feedback from these farmers and the data from plots show an increase in on-farm profitability

“This weekend we had the chance to preview the Class of 10 with a lot of the farmers who
helped us decide which would be commercialized,” said Brett Begemann. “The yields they reported
with our new products provide a real bright spot for the cotton industry.”

Begemann says “Arkansas farmer Ron Holthouse told us as he harvested his plots he thought
about acreage for next year. He had considered cutting his cotton to one-third of the area he had
in 2009 but the performance he saw with our new varieties convinced him to stay with his full 3,000

Holthouse explains, “Our NPE plot consisted of five Class of 10 candidates plus other
varieties we’ve grown before including competitor varieties. Our overall cotton yield was bad off
this year due to excessive rain the entire fall. The NPE plot was in a field that averaged only 956
pounds per acre across all varieties, but the Class of 10 candidates averaged between 1,050 to
1,200 pounds per acre. I was very impressed by the Class of 10. They were by far the best yielding
products on my farm. I feel comfortable growing cotton next year because of the yield and fiber
quality I saw from these new Deltapine varieties.”

Other farmers agree that the performance of the new varieties was strong on their farms:

• Kirby Lewis of Lubbock, Texas said “I grew two Class of 10 candidates and they both
exceeded 4 bales to the acre – over 2,000 pounds. One product went 4 2/3 bales per acre and the
other made 4 1/3 bales per acre and the quality on both was excellent. They stripped well and they
were not too loose in the boll. They were fairly storm-proof and excellent yielders. We are

• Don and Mike Pearson farm in Jackson, TN. Don said, “I wish we would have had better
growing conditions for the plot because it was a real test this season to grow cotton. We averaged
950 pounds per acre across 7 or 8 varieties planted on our farm and the Class of 10 varieties were
100 to 200 pounds better than everything else. We were very pleased. They are certainly worth
planting again for another look.”

• Steve Bullard gins cotton in Quitman, Georgia for farmers in three counties. He had several
Class of 10 candidates get harvested and ginned. “Everyone around here is looking for a replacement
for DP 555 BGRR by trialing these new candidates. Most of our farmers are good about tagging
modules with variety information so we can compare the new candidates to 555 easily. A couple of
the Class of 10 varieties have averaged 100 lbs/acre or so better than 555 this year, and that is
very promising and fiber uniformity has improved which adds to the price a farmer gets for his

Dr. Dave Albers, Monsanto’s cotton germplasm lead, says the yield improvements were seen
across the Cotton Belt. He said, farmers in Texas saw an average of 40-50 pounds of lint per acre
with the Class of 09 compared to commercial standards and the Class of 10 brought an additional
average of 50 pounds. In field trials east of Texas, yield averages were 50-100 pounds more per
acre with the Class of 09 compared to current standards and the Class of 10 yielded an additional
100-200 pounds, Albers says. With these figures, farmers could harvest one or two more bales of
cotton per bag of Deltapine Class of ’10 seed purchased.

The investments Monsanto has made in counter-seasonal seed production resulted in wide
availability of the Class of 09 for its introductory season. In fact, the USDA estimated that the
class was planted on more than 10 percent of the cotton area last year. Seed production in some
areas was challenged, but the company says availability of the Class of 09 should be significantly
higher in 2010 and the Class of 10 will be in a good introductory supply.

The new varieties bring the latest in genetics and technology resulting in such high
performance potential. There are two varieties – DP 1048 B2RF and DP 1050 B2RF – that are
particularly well-suited to the mid & full-season areas that stretch from Georgia to South
Texas. For those early- to mid-maturing areas from North Carolina through the Delta, DP 1028 B2RF
and DP 1034 B2RF have a good fit. Water-availability differences in West Texas drove the selection
of DP 1032 B2RF and DP 1044 B2RF for use in that region. Additional information on these varieties
will be available at the 2010 Beltwide Cotton Conferences in New Orleans January 4-7, 2010.

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Posted on December 29, 2009