MARYSVILLE, Ohio – Scotts Miracle-Gro, headquarter here, is preparing to test a genetically modified grass seed in the family lawns of a small number of employees this growing season, according to a recent article in the Columbus (Ohio) Dispatch.

The employees will test Kentucky bluegrass that has been modified to protect it from being killed by Roundup, the weedkiller produced by agricultural giant Monsanto.

The employee testing "is a major step forward," Scotts CEO Jim Hagedorn told shareholders at their annual meeting yesterday. "I think we will see limited commercial activity the following year (2015), and I think, if all goes well, much more (activity) in the consumer market in 2016."

Click here to read the article by reporter Mary Vanac in the Columbus Dispatch.