The product names for the next generation of traits in the Herculex Insect Protection family from Dow AgroSciences LLC and Pioneer Hi-Bred International, Inc., will be Herculex RW and Herculex XTRA. This family of traits will offer corn growers the broadest spectrum in-plant insect protection on the market.
Herculex RW will give farmers built-in protection against corn rootworm, the costliest insect pest in corn. Herculex XTRA will combine the insect protection of Herculex I - broad-spectrum protection against corn borer, black cutworm, western bean cutworm and other destructive pests - with the corn rootworm protection of Herculex RW.
Introduction of corn hybrids containing Herculex RW and Herculex XTRA is anticipated for the 2006 growing season, pending regulatory approvals.
"Just as Herculex I gave growers a broad-spectrum alternative to corn borer Bt products, these new Herculex traits will give farmers more insect protection options," says Wally Thingelstad, Traits Marketing and Communications manager at Dow AgroSciences.
The trait combination in Herculex XTRA will provide protection all season long against the most important corn insect pests, including western, northern and Mexican corn rootworm, first- and second-generation European corn borer, southwestern corn borer, black cutworm, western bean cutworm and fall armyworm, along with intermediate suppression of corn earworm. It also will provide tolerance to LIBERTY herbicide, which controls more than 100 grass and broadleaf weeds on contact.