To assist farmers in developing the right plan for refuge compliance, the National Corn Growers Association has joined forces with agribusiness to develop a next-generation Insect Resistance Management refuge calculator that is easy to use and represents the latest products available.
Chad Blindauer, Chair of NCGA's Trade Policy and biotechnology Action Team, says biotechnology is an important part of modern agriculture's ability to sustainably meet the world's increasing demands for food, feed and fuel, and its proper stewardship is essential.
In recent years, the introduction of new refuge systems has given growers more options in setting up their refuge. NCGA's calculator was developed as a tool to clarify those options with growers and show them how to execute the requirements properly. The refuge calculator is a tool that should be used in conjunction with the applicable seed manufacturer's Stewardship Guide which explains acceptable refuge configurations in more detail.
The benefits of this new tool include all commercial Bt products on the market and features a trait selection process that allows farmers to run several planting scenarios on a field-by-field basis. Its updated interface and clearer planting options makes refuge calculation simpler to do.
To download the NCGA calculator, please visit www.irmcalculator.com.