This summer, Monsanto will give farmers a first-hand look at its RIB (refuge-in-the-bag) Complete technology, Genuity SmartStax corn, Roundup Ready 2 Yield soybeans and drought-tolerance. Technology Showcase locations will be at Canandaigua, N.Y., and Hebron, Md.
Farmers in southern Pennsylvania, Maryland and Delaware may be especially interested in drought-tolerance. But the new 5% RIB SmartStax hybrids will also be of high interest.
While this single-bag option is still pending regulatory approval, it would eliminate the need to planting a separate, potentially lower yielding refuge. After approval, the product will be marketed as RIB Complete, says Chism Craig, Monsanto Technical Development Manager.
Planting a refuge is important to ensure insect populations don't become resistant to the Bt gene. RIB Complete would provide insect resistance management for above- and below-ground insect management
For more details, contact your Monsanto representative.