The National Corn Growers Association (NCGA) says its enhanced Compliance Assurance Program (CAP) is seeing strong success. The program, which includes on-farm refuge assessments, an online survey and Insect Resistance Management (IRM) education and awareness, has shown an increase in both the overall number of growers planting proper corn refuge and use of integrated refuge products.
CAP aims to improve compliance with IRM requirements. The Agricultural Biotechnology Stewardship Technical Committee (ABSTC), a consortium of Bt corn registrants, submits an annual CAP report to the Environmental Protection Agency describing industry-coordinated compliance assurance efforts for Bt traits.
"The number of growers planting integrated refuge products on their entire farming operation has more than tripled this year, and the percent of those who planted at least one integrated product increased from 50% in 2012 to 75% in 2013," says Mike Smith, ABSTC IRM subcommittee co-chairman.
In 2013, the majority of farmers surveyed planted the required refuge size, within the required distance, for all of their Bt corn fields. The percentage of growers not planting any refuge acres is less than 10%.
DuPont is offering three new formulations of its Breakfree herbicides for corn this year. Between the three formulations, farmers have flexible options to control challenging grass and broadleaf weeds:
- Breakfree NXT is an atrazine-free formulation with a safener to protect young crops and give growers the option to apply at higher rates when targeting challenging broadleaf weeds.
- Breakfree NXT ATZ is an atrazine-based herbicide that provides control of a variety of grasses and small-seeded broadleaf weeds.
- Breakfree NXT Lite provides valuable pre-emergence control of grass and small-seeded broadleaf weeds with a reduced rate of atrazine.
Makhteshim Agan Industries will operate under a new corporate brand name, ADAMA, starting in April. All of the company’s crop protection subsidiaries, including U.S.-based Makhteshim Agan of North America (MANA), will transition to the new brand name within 18 months. The new name comes from the Hebrew word for earth and reflects the company’s farmer-centric focus and its commitment to advancing agriculture around the world. During the transition, the company expects to reduce its numerous local brands and to establish a more simplified product structure. For more information, visit www.manainc.com.