Biotech Updates

First Commercial Planting of SmartStaxTM Corn Hybrid

March 5, 2010

The first known planting of SmartStax, the most advanced corn trait platform available in the industry, was started last week by a farmer at San Patricio, Texas. SmartStax contains genetic traits that would protect corn from above- and below-ground insect pests and two herbicide tolerance traits for a broad-spectrum weed control.

"We're excited that the first SmartStax corn hybrid planted in the U.S. for commercial production was sold through an affiliate of Dow AgroSciences. Corn farmers who plant hybrids with SmartStax will benefit from increased productivity due to improved pest protection and a reduced refuge," said Ben Kaehler, general manager for the Dow AgroSciences Seed Affiliates.

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