• 2 Farmers in Wheat Field


Farmer Inspired. Farmer Admired.

Partnering for Innovation, Performance and Value.

You know a technology will be valuable when the end user communicates a need, becomes involved in the development and is a leading advocate for the end product. This is exactly what happened with the innovative CoAXium™ Wheat Production System solution for control of winter annual grassy weeds in wheat.

Farmers asked for it. And equally as important, farmers were a part of its development from inception to launch in the marketplace.

In 2008, Colorado wheat growers initiated a novel trait development project with Colorado State University. The goal was to develop a herbicide-resistance trait that would help control tough winter annual grassy weeds delivered with the superior performance and yields of leading wheat varieties. The challenge was to create a system that would enhance profitability of wheat growers in Colorado and around the globe.

In June of 2015, three major agricultural organizations came together to change the way farmers produce wheat. Together they created a simple, cost-effective production system that combines elite wheat varieties from the world’s best breeding programs, a patented non-GMO herbicide-tolerance trait and a new post-emergent ACCase grass herbicide that will be combined with an industry-wide stewardship program.

Colorado Wheat Research Foundation, Inc.

Colorado Wheat Research Foundation, Inc., is the owner of the patented AXigen trait invented at Colorado State University. CWRF will enforce patent compliance and market the new trait in Colorado State University-developed varieties.


Limagrain will introgress AXigen trait into a range of different genetic backgrounds to bring new varieties to market.  LCS will also license AXigen trait and provide donor lines to interested breeding partners worldwide. LCS will manage AXigen trait and stewardship efforts as well as work with breeding partners and the seed industry to deliver exciting new varieties for this new production system.

Albaugh, LLC

Albaugh, LLC, is a private, US owned global crop protection manufacturer and will be the exclusive provider of Aggressor herbicide brands for the CoAXium Wheat Production System around the globe.

Albaugh will engage our distribution channel partners in the education, delivery and performance of Aggressor herbicides to the farm gate while implementing and driving a robust industry stewardship.

Together, these three agricultural leaders brought a farmer-inspired technology to the field. It is simple. It is proven. It is cost-effective. And most importantly, it is a production solution for wheat farmers requested by wheat farmers.

Frank Curtis, Limagrain Cereal Seeds chief operating officer, acknowledges that uncontrolled grass weed species pose a huge challenge for wheat growers. “Not only do grass weeds create unwanted competition for moisture, light and key nutrients, the residual seeds also reduce the market value of the resulting grain crop,” he says. “We are very proud to be part of this partnership comprising genetics, chemistry and growers’ experience to deliver a cost-effective solution to a perennial problem.”

Frank Curtis
Chief Operating Officer,  Limagrain Cereal Seeds