A Scientific Advisory Panel to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency issued a report Thursday on the Optimum AcreMax 1 insect protection system that supported the first-ever corn rootworm integrated refuge in the bag. The SAP report is advisory in nature, focuses on specific technical questions posed to the panel by the EPA and does not represent a regulatory decision. The final regulatory decision will be made by the EPA later this year.
Integrated refuge in the bag is significant to American farmers because it simplifies corn rootworm refuge deployment and guarantees compliance. Though the panel did not recommend reducing corn rootworm refuge based on the data it reviewed, it did support considering additional data that will demonstrate the value of reduced corn rootworm refuge to growers and to trait durability.
"Advancing science is a dynamic process. On the whole, we are pleased with the review by the panel and their endorsement of the innovative integrated approach to corn rootworm refuge," said Paul E. Schickler, DuPont vice president and general manager and Pioneer president. "The Optimum AcreMax concept represents tremendous economic and environmental value to farmers. We believe the full body of evidence now before the EPA strongly supports a 2009 registration of Optimum AcreMax 1."
Upon regulatory approval, DuPont will introduce the first and only integrated corn rootworm refuge product in the marketplace that will provide growers the opportunity to reduce rootworm refuge acres, which has many economic and environmental benefits, including: increasing overall farm yields, reducing pesticide use and ensuring the durability of important insect protection traits by guaranteeing 100% compliance with corn rootworm refuge requirements.