Biotech Updates

Dow AgroSciences Showcases New Refuge-in-the-Bag Concept

September 3, 2010

Dow AgroSciences' refuge-in-the-bag concept was recently introduced in the Farm Progress Show in Boone, Iowa. The technology which is still pending registration will be commercialized as SmartStax Refuge Advanced™ and will provide a single-bag solution for refuge compliance in the U.S. Corn Belt as early as 2012, the news release said.

"By adopting this complete, single-bag solution, growers will save time and reduce complexity related to refuge seed purchase, planning and planting," says Casey Onstot, traits marketing manager for Dow AgroSciences. This single-bag solution will provide a blend of 95 percent SmartStax seed and 5 percent non-insect resistant seed and would be tolerant to applications of glyphosate and glufosinate herbicides. This will also allow the reduction of refuge acreage from 20 percent to 5 percent.

For details, see the original news release at