Mycogen is taking a stab at clearing up what could be a new kind of confusion for refuge acres in 2010 as new products come to market. To help growers better understand refuge requirements for all of its brands - including Mycogen SmartStax - the company is adding a refuge icon to seed tags and product catalogs. The move comes on the heels of the recent approval by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency of the SmartStax technology - and in that registration EPA reduced the refuge requirement for growers who use the product.
SmartStax refuge is reduced to 5% in the Corn Belt, while traditional Bt hybrids require a 20% refuge. In cotton country, SmartStax refuge is 20% versus the 50% required for other Bt types.
To make sure growers know the refuge requirement for the seed they buy, Mycogen is using icons to clearly identify the refuge requirement of either 5% or 20% in the Corn Belt. Compliance with refuge requirements is key to protecting the Bt technology.
The company has also launched mycogensmartstax.com, a Web site to help educate growers about the new technology. The site includes in-depth information about SmartStax. Visit the site to learn more.