U.S. farmers in the Corn Belt can now choose the simplicity, convenience and refuge compliance benefits of the industry’s first, single-bag refuge solution for corn. Genuity® SmartStax® RIB Complete™ by Monsanto Company (NYSE: MON) has received registration from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). This completes federal regulatory authorization in the United States. Commercialization is pending individual state authorizations and notifications, as required.
The EPA approval enables a full-scale commercial launch of Genuity SmartStax RIB Complete for the 2012 season. As the industry’s first single-bag refuge solution, Genuity SmartStax RIB Complete is a major new product catalyst in Monsanto’s Genuity Reduced-Refuge corn family.
Genuity SmartStax RIB Complete is a blend of 95 percent Genuity SmartStax corn seed and 5 percent refuge (non-Bt) seed that farmers can plant across their entire field. This means that farmers who plant Genuity SmartStax RIB Complete products no longer need to plant a separate, structured refuge for above- or below-ground pests in the Corn Belt. For farmers who purchase Genuity SmartStax without the RIB Complete, the structured refuge is still required. Download audio that explains the benefits of Genuity SmartStax RIB Complete.
With the convenience of the single-bag solution, Genuity SmartStax RIB Complete provides a step change in new value Monsanto can deliver U.S. farmers. With the approval coming in the first half of 2011 and with the previous investment in Monsanto seed-production capability, the bulk of available Genuity SmartStax corn in 2012 is expected to be offered as a RIB product to meet farmer interest. Genuity SmartStax RIB Complete will launch in Monsanto’s national and regional seed brands, as well as licensee partners.
The product is the outcome of a collaboration between Monsanto and Dow AgroSciences LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of The Dow Chemical Company.
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