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Posted 21 December 2011. PMN Crop News.

SmartStax Registration Extension Provides Grower Access to Broadest Spectrum In-Plant Corn Protection for Future Plantings

Source: Dow AgroSciences Press Release.

Indianapolis, Indiana (December 1, 2011)--U.S. growers will have continued access to SmartStax® corn hybrids due to EPA's recent registration extension of this game-changing stacked-trait technology.


“EPA’s registration extension of SmartStax and Dow AgroSciences Refuge Advanced® powered by SmartStax is particularly timely given recent reports of suspected pest resistance to certain single mode of action products,” said Cole Hansen, Dow AgroSciences U.S. SeedsTraits Marketing Manager.

“Stacked-trait corn products like SmartStax with multiple modes of action offer customers the broadest insect protection and therefore the greatest value. SmartStax is harder for insects to develop resistance to, and multiple modes of action offer significant increases in pest control and trait durability,” Hansen said.

“SmartStax also offers reduced refuge not possible with single-trait products and is the best choice for maximizing whole-farm yield potential,” Hansen added. “Dow AgroSciences makes SmartStax and Refuge Advanced powered by SmartStax available in the latest genetics, and they continue to demonstrate exceptional yield performance in the marketplace.”

“Dow AgroSciences will be offering SmartStax and Refuge Advanced in a diversity of hybrids throughout the Corn Belt in 2012," Hansen said.

“Time limits on U.S. registrations are typical for insect-protected biotechnology crops,” Hansen noted. “The EPA’s registration extension of SmartStax hybrids and Refuge Advanced provides for grower access in future plantings to the broadest spectrum insect protection available.”