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Monsanto submits refuge-in-a-bag product to EPA

Monsanto announced yesterday that it submitted to the EPA for registration a 5% refuge-in-the-bag (RIB) option for Genuity VT Double Pro Corn. Upon registration, this RIB product would contain both Bt seed and refuge seed. A farmer could plant the product to an entire field, which would create a refuge throughout the field.

This is the second RIB product Monsanto has submitted to the EPA for registration. Currently, the agency is reviewing Monsanto’s RIB for Genuity SmartStax corn, which the company submitted in December 2009.

Pending registrations, the company expects to have both RIB products commercially available to farmers in the Corn Belt for the 2012 growing season.

“Bt corn has revolutionized U.S. corn production,” says Jerry Hjelle, Monsanto vice president of Global Regulatory. “Planting a structured refuge limits yield potential and is inconvenient. Upon registration by EPA, Genuity VT Double Pro will be the first dual mode of action product for aboveground insect protection with a convenient 5% single-bag refuge solution.”

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