SmartStax Performing As Expected

Initial yield data for Dow AgroSciences’ SmartStax hybrids shows positive performance of the trait technology.

“Dow AgroSciences believes the best way to evaluate the performance of the SmartStax trait technology is to compare it with other trait technologies in the same base genetics," says Casey Onstot, traits marketing manager, Dow AgroSciences. "We compared SmartStax with Herculex XTRA Insect Protection trait versions, and the results are positive. We are pleased with the yield of Dow AgroSciences SmartStax hybrids in these initial comparisons.”

Preliminary Dow AgroSciences data from nearly 10 percent of its U.S. Corn Belt replicated trials shows that SmartStax is delivering higher whole-farm yield potential to growers. This plot data includes multiple hybrids, variable environmental conditions and geographic locations, and variable insect pressure. These replicated field trials capture head-to-head comparisons of product performance and show no negative impact of the SmartStax trait on yield.

“In fact, growers have the opportunity to achieve higher whole-farm yield potential even if SmartStax hybrids yield equal to first-generation trait versions, because they can plant more acres to hybrids with the trait,” Onstot says. “With the refuge reduction offered by SmartStax, it will be the best option for growers to realize higher whole-farm yield potential on their operations.”

Additional performance summaries will be available postharvest.

With SmartStax, growers in the Corn Belt are able to reduce their refuge from the traditional 20 percent down to 5 percent, enabling them to plant 95 percent of their acres to SmartStax.*

*In cotton-growing regions, refuge is reduced from 50 percent to 20 percent.
 

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