No. 18 Article 4/July 24, 2009

Monsanto and Dow AgroSciences Complete Regulatory Authorizations for SmartStaxTM Corn Hybrids

Monsanto and DowAgroSciences, in a cross-licensing agreement, announced on July 20 that they have received registration approval from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and a regulatory authorization from the Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) to commercialize SmartStaxTM corn hybrids in 2010. The hybrids will express the following insecticidal proteins: Cry3Bb1 (event MON88017), Cry34/35Ab1 (event DAS-59122-7), Cry1F (event TC 1507), and Cry1A.105+Cry2Ab2 (event MON89034).

In addition to targeting corn rootworms and the lepidopteran complex, SmartStaxTM hybrids will provide herbicide tolerance to glyphosate and glufosinate. The US EPA and CFIA approvals will enable producers in the US Corn Belt and Canada who use the hybrids to reduce refuge size from 20% to 5%. Cotton Belt producers will be able to reduce their refuges from 50% to 20%. In a joint news release, the companies indicated they intend to introduce SmartStaxTM hybrids across 3 to 4 million acres in 2010.

This week we begin our annual root digs and look forward to sharing the rating results of various treatments, including a SmartStaxTM treatment, later this summer.--Mike Gray

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