Agricultural companies have teamed up in joint ventures to become more competitive in a dog-eat-dog world. They chose partner companies with different strengths to produce a better product. Seed and chemical companies started this model, and now electronics and iron makers are following. Here are some of the partnerships that have occurred in the past few years:

Ag Leader/Kinze
AutoFarm/Raven Industries
Case IH/Trimble
CNH Global/Shanghai Tractor & Internal
Combustion Engine
Monsanto/Dow AgroSciences (8-stack hybrid)
Pioneer Hi-Bred/Syngenta (germplasm)
DuPont/Beijing Weiming Kaituo Agriculture
Biotechnology (gene discovery)Monsanto/Valent (rewards program)
Bayer CropScience/Soygenetics
Bayer CropScience/Stine Seed
DuPont/Syngenta (Greenleaf Genetics)
Leica Geosystems/Rinex Technology