NEW YORK — Final harvest data for the 2012 U.S. growing season confirmed that Monsanto Co. corn and soybean products maintained a significant yield advantage compared to competitors, despite one of the most difficult growing seasons on record, Chief Technology Officer Robb Fraley told investors at Citi’s Fifth Annual Basic Materials Symposium in New York.

Highlighting the expansion and integration of the company’s research and development platforms, Fraley noted Monsanto is uniquely positioned to deliver the best total yield package for farmers.

Fraley presented final 2012 harvest results, highlighting updated yield data for the company’s corn platform, Genuity Roundup Ready 2 Yield soybean performance data and new results from its Integrated Farming Systems on-farm research.

“Monsanto is committed to developing innovative, sustainable agriculture products that deliver outstanding yield,” he said. “This season’s strong results, even against the backdrop of the devastating drought we witnessed throughout the country, reinforce our ability to deliver on our commitments to our farmer customers, and we look forward to providing an even stronger toolkit of solutions in the future.”

In its fourth year of deployment, Genuity Roundup Ready 2 Yield products extended their yield advantage versus competitive first-generation Roundup Ready soybeans, achieving a more than 4.5 bushels per acre national yield advantage, Fraley said.

With their highest yield advantage since commercial introduction, Genuity Roundup Ready 2 Yield soybeans demonstrated strong performance in every major growing region, reflecting the broad availability of more than 300 varieties as the company reached critical mass in its portfolio offerings.

The company expects the Genuity Roundup Ready 2 Yield platform growth to continue, with another step up in total acres in 2013.

Fraley added that the soybean platform is set to deliver more growth in the coming years, including the addition of both Intacta RR2 PRO and Roundup Ready 2 Xtend soybeans, each representing a significant global opportunity.

The Roundup Ready Xtend Crop System is intended to offer more consistent, flexible control of weeds, especially tough-to-manage and glyphosate-resistant weeds, Fraley noted, adding that the system is on track for Ground Breakers on-farm field trials under permit next season and introduction to U.S. soybean farmers in 2014, pending regulatory approval.

“Building on the success of the Genuity Roundup Ready 2 Yield platform, we’re preparing to enter the next phase of innovation in soybeans,” he said.

“Through the combination of an expanding stacked-trait platform, the acceleration of breeding improvements and the addition of improved agronomic practices, this is the deepest soybean pipeline I’ve seen in my career and one that will continue to deliver additional value to farmers.”

Fraley also highlighted final corn harvest data for the 2012 growing season, which reinforces Monsanto’s longstanding yield advantage. In 2012, DeKalb germplasm maintained its historical advantage relative to competitive products, outperforming all competitors with an average 8.3 bushels per acre yield advantage.

DroughtGard Hybrids also demonstrated strong performance in 2012 trials this season, with commercially projected products showing a yield advantage of more than 5 bushels per acre over competitor hybrids in the western Great Plains, Fraley said.

Fraley also cited the company’s progress in its newest technology platforms, including Integrated Farming Systems.

He noted that Monsanto’s Integrated Farming Systems platform utilizes the company’s unique understanding of hybrid and variety performance to develop planting prescriptions that can help maximize the yield potential in every seed.

FieldScripts, which will provide a variable rate seeding prescription and a recommendation for the best corn hybrid to use in a farmer’s field, will be the first commercial product from the Integrated Farming Systems platform, Fraley added.

“We have seen consistent yield gains when farmers use FieldScripts,” he said.

“In fact, farmers who tested FieldScripts this season achieved an additional 5 to 10 bushels per acre advantage. This is exciting technology and one I believe has the opportunity to significantly increase yields.”