RIB Complete™ - It's All in the Bag

K. Humphrey 4/11/2011



Refuge Made Easy.

That’s what Genuity® SmartStax® RIB Complete™ corn is all about.

RIB Complete™ is a single-bag refuge solution for farmers – the first of its kind on the market. With Genuity® SmartStax® RIB Complete™ corn the refuge seed is distributed in the bag along with seeds containing the Genuity® SmartStax® trait, allowing farmers to plant an entire field with just one product.  Farmers in the Corn Belt will no longer need to plant a structured refuge with Genuity SmartStax RIB Complete.

“RIB Complete™ is truly a single bag solution for farmers,” explains Matt Kirkpatrick, Monsanto corn traits marketing manager. “Farmers have been asking for us to simplify refuge planting.  Genuity SmartStax RIB Complete delivers by providing the necessary refuge requirements for both above and below ground insects in a single bag.”

Planting a refuge to meet IRM guidelines requires time and extra work. In the past, planting refuge required the farmer to stop planting, clean out the seed bins, switch seeds, and start up again, but Genuity® SmartStax® RIB Complete™ corn puts an end to all that, simplifying the whole planting process.

“RIB Complete is going to take all the guess work out of refuge compliance, it going to be easy to use for any type of planter,” says Kevin Nagel, a farmer in Grinnell, Iowa. “There isn't going to be any research as far as trying to make sure that each hybrid has the same maturity and dry down - the company is doing that for you. You should be able to just load your planter, plant, and know you're in compliance.”

In addition to the convenience and time savings for farmers, RIB Complete™ also delivers peace of mind, shifting the task of refuge management from the farmer to the manufacturer.

“We've been working on Refuge in the Bag for about 15 years,” Kirkpatrick said. “The first step was getting refuge levels down to an acceptable blend level.  We accomplished that goal when we introduced Genuity SmartStax with a pyramid approach of multiple traits with multiple modes of action that allowed farmers to reduce refuge planting from 20% to 5%, the lowest in the Corn Belt.  The second step was the blending process.  Our manufacturing team has done an outstanding job implementing a best in class system for RIB Complete.”

When it comes to refuge-in-a-bag precision is key.

“What we're doing at our manufacturing plants enables us to be very precise in our blending process.  Farmers don’t want or need additional refuge seeds over the 5% in Genuity SmartStax RIB Complete.  Our production practices, Quality Management System and verification through extensive Quality Testing guarantees that Genuity SmartStax RIB Complete consistently delivers high performing product,” says Kirkpatrick.

RIB Complete™ is a simple solution to refuge compliance and the first of its kind. No other single bag solution exists on the market today. Farmers are eager to move away from the confusion of multiple bag options.

“The reason why I love RIB Complete™ compared to competitors is that it’s a complete product,” explained Nagel. “There are no other bags that you need – it’s all in one bag, that’s it.”

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IMPORTANT IRM INFORMATION: RIB Complete™ does not require the planting of a structured refuge except in cotton growing regions where corn earworm is a significant pest. See the IRM/Grower Guide for additional information. Always read and follow IRM requirements.

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