This spring, farmers planting FS Seed may have it a little easier when it comes to planting refuge acres.
Two FS Seed corn varieties – FS 54VX1 RIB and FS 61BX1 RIB – have the newly approved Refuge in Bag (RIB) technology, meaning the seed in each bag contains the correct blend of traited and non-traited seed needed to meet refuge requirements for both above- and below-ground pests.
“FS Seed is one of the few regional seed companies to offer Genuity SmartStax RIB Complete for planting this spring,” said Lance Ruppert, FS Seed sales and marketing manager. “Our focus has been and will continue to be to bring the best seed innovations to growers through our FS Seed brands, and this is just the latest example.”
Farmers using Genuity SmartStax seed corn are required to plant five percent of their corn acres with non-traited varieties, to help reduce the development of resistant pests. Using RIB Complete technology eliminates the need to dedicate certain acres to refuge.
“Growers can purchase and plant one product that satisfies their need for both yield potential and IRM (insect resistance management) refuge requirements,” Ruppert said. ” This simplicity helps make planning and planting more efficient.”