Corn Refuge and Import Status Clarified

Full explanation of current status of Pioneer complete refuge in bag product.

Published on: Jun 20, 2011

The Hi-tech farming column in the June issue of  some of our magazines addressed approvals for various products that will offer refuge-in-a-bag for corn. Some of the products are already approved and have been planted. Others are expected to be approved and ready for 2012.

The section related to Pioneer’s refuge products needs clarification. First, Jerry Harrington, communications director for Pioneer Hi-Bred International, reminds farmers that Pioneer was first to offer refuge-in-a-bag when it obtained approval in 2010 for Optimum AcreMax1, which offers RIB for corn rootworm control. There was wide-scale introduction of this product for corn growers this season.

Second, it’s true that additional Pioneer products, Optimum Acre Max, with above-ground trait RIB, and Optimum AcreMax Xtra, with above-ground and below-ground RIB, are currently being tested by growers under trial agreements across the Corn Belt. Both of these are not yet approved by the Environmental Protection Agency, but approval for both is expected well before the 2012 planting season.

However, grain from these products is approved for import into all major markets, and is not under domestic use restrictions as previously noted. When the previous column went to press, the statement was factual, but since then, appropriate import approvals have been granted.

Harrington notes that in the case of stacked traits, it’s possible to get overseas export approval before domestic EPA approvals are granted. If you have additional questions, consult the Pioneer Website or your dealer for more information.