Pioneer Launches Seed Refuge System

DuPont business Pioneer Hi-Bred has introduced the first "in-the-bag" seed refuge system.

The new insect protection system, Optimum AcreMax, will provide corn growers with improved productivity by increasing the number of acres growers can plant to the industry’s most advanced insect control options. The first phase of Optimum AcreMax insect protection will be launched as early as 2009, pending regulatory approval. The system will eliminate the need for farmers to plant separate corn borer and corn rootworm refuges with their Pioneer brand Bt corn hybrids.

"Pioneer is using innovation and science, and the strongest traits in the industry, to give U.S. growers a superior solution to protect crops from yield-robbing insect damage," says Frank Ross, Pioneer vice president, North America operations. "For the first time, farmers will be able to plant all their acres with a single product that satisfies refuge requirements."

The Optimum AcreMax system is made possible through the insect control technology of Herculex XTRA, which not only provides the most effective control of rootworm, but also is highly effective against above-ground insects including corn borer, Western bean cutworm, and black cutworm.

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