Know Where To Go' With Market Choices Corn This Fall

Farmers growing certain biotech corn varieties are urged to make sure their grain is handled properly. Rod Swoboda

Published on: Oct 3, 2005

Growers of Market Choices corn hybrids need to make sure to 'Know Where to Go' with their harvest this fall. While the European Union (EU) doesn't accept some Market Choices corn in processed feed, the corn has been approved for shipment to Japan and Canada. It is approved for all uses in the United States, including by dry mill ethanol plants and feed for livestock.  

The nine hybrids carrying the Market Choices designation are featured on a poster being distributed to grain handlers in Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, Ohio, South Dakota and Wisconsin. Growers of these hybrids are responsible for making sure that this corn is sold to approved corn markets. Corn containing Market Choices traits are approved in all U.S. feed markets, says Roger Ginder, an economist at Iowa State University.

In April, the EU notified for processed feed these Market Choices hybrids: YieldGard Plus, YieldGard Corn Borer with Roundup Ready Corn 2, YieldGard Rootworm, YieldGard Rootworm with Roundup Ready Corn 2, Agrisure GT, and Herculex I. However, not all grain handlers are accepting these hybrids for export or processing.

Farmers are responsible for checking

"Despite acceptance by the EU Commission for certain Market Choices hybrids, growers are responsible for checking with their grain handlers to see which hybrids they are accepting for export or processing," says Ginder.

"The EU is an important export market for U.S. gluten feed products. Farmers must ensure unapproved hybrids are delivered to approved markets," he says.

If grain elevator operators choose to take Market Choices corn, they take responsibility for ensuring the Market Choices corn and byproducts (such as gluten feed) do not get exported to Europe.

Approval status of specific biotech corn hybrids and a list of grain handlers accepting biotech corn can be found at the American Seed Trade Association Grain Handler database at

'Know Where to Go' and Market Choices are supported by the American Seed Trade Association, National Corn Growers Association and the corn grower organizations, state cooperative councils, grain and feed associations and land grant university Extension programs in Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, Ohio, South Dakota and Wisconsin.

Funding to produce this years poster was provided by Dow AgroSciences LLC, Monsanto Company and Pioneer Hi-Bred International, Inc.

'Know Where to Go' is a service mark of the National Corn Growers Association. Market Choices is a registered certification mark used under license from the American Seed Trade Association.

Do you have corn from Market Choice hybrids?

Here is a list of the Market Choices corn hybrids that are being grown in the United States that are not accepted by the European Union.

  • Agrisure GT
  • Herculex I Insect Protection
  • Herculex I + Roundup Ready Corn 2
  • Roundup Ready (GA21)
  • YieldGard Plus
  • YieldGard Plus + Roundup Ready Corn 2
  • YieldGard Corn Borer + Roundup Ready Corn 2
  • YieldGard Rootworm
  • Yieldgard Rootworm + Roundup Ready Corn 2

 If you have questions, contact Darren Jarboe, Center for Crops Utilization Research, (515) 294-2342,