BASF Plant Science and Monsanto announced the signing of an agreement to develop and commercialize new, more nutritious corn hybrids for animal feed.

The new hybrids will combine BASF’s NutriDense traits with Monsanto’s Roundup Ready Genuity VT Triple PRO and Genuity SmartStax corn for release in 2010 and 2011, respectively. The companies expect the new hybrids to deliver yields equivalent to elite conventional corn and better feed value. They say that corn growers could benefit from premium pricing to animal feed operations.

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Roughly 45 percent of the corn grown in the United States is used as animal feed, with the majority being fed specifically to swine or poultry.