Dow Expands Biotech Endorsement Program

The Biotech Endorsement (BE) program for hybrids with Herculex XTRA Insect Protection — including those stacked with Roundup Ready Corn 2 technology — has been expanded to include Colorado and irrigated acres in all previously approved states. Growers who plant qualifying hybrids may be eligible for reduced crop insurance premiums next season. These new guidelines were approved by the Federal Crop Insurance Corporation as part of the BE program administered by the Risk Management Administration (RMA).

For the 2010 crop year, the BE program for corn hybrids with Herculex XTRA and Herculex XTRA stacked with Roundup Ready Corn 2 will include irrigated and dryland acres in Colorado, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, Ohio, South Dakota, and Wisconsin.

Since the program was announced in 2008, participation continues to increase as growers realize the benefits of planting hybrids with a BE-qualifying technology. In previous years, growers have saved more than $3 per acre on insurance premiums.

“Herculex XTRA provides a full spectrum of season-long protection, helping growers protect their corn from significant yield losses related to pressure from common corn pests," says Duane Canfield, marketing specialist for Dow AgroSciences.

Herculex XTRA Insect Protection is a stacked above- and below-ground trait that provides broad-spectrum in-plant insect protection, including corn rootworm protection. It is available in a wide variety of high-yielding hybrids. Herculex XTRA provides in-plant protection against corn rootworm (Western, Northern and Mexican), European corn borer, Western bean cutworm, black cutworm, southwestern corn borer, fall armyworm, southern corn stalk borer, lesser cornstalk borer, and sugarcane borer, and suppression of corn earworm.

To learn more about the value of hybrids with Herculex Insect Protection, visit www.herculex.net.

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