The Right Traits

Transgenic traits, which add herbicide tolerance and insect protection against above ground and below ground pests, can dramatically enhance corn yield potential in ways not previously possible. Many of today’s latest traits are now offered in a single-bag refuge system, also known as refuge in a bag (RIB). RIB systems include the refuge seeds in the bag along with traited seeds, allowing farmers to plant an entire field with just one product.

Different Traits For Common Problems

A corn crop must often overcome challenges to be successful. Fortunately, there are traits that help control many negatives, including devastating corn insects and ongoing drought. Here are a few of the most common challenges faced by corn growers and the traits that can help mitigate them.

Corn rootworm

Corn rootworm (CRW) can cause major yield losses throughout many corn-growing areas. Using newer technologies, such as the SmartStax®  trait, is considered a best management practice to combat this pest.  

With two modes of action, the SmartStax®  trait provides long in-season protection, enabling outstanding yield potential in continuous-corn fields. Answer Plot®  data has shown that SmartStax® technology reduces the usual corn-on-corn yield penalty by 5.1 bushels per acre over other CRW technologies.

Additional management considerations for heavy CRW pressure include use of biotechnology traits combined with soil-applied insecticides and crop rotation.

Other corn pests.

Above-ground pests such as corn earworm, European and southwestern corn borers, and fall armyworm cause headaches for farmers across the Corn Belt. VT Double PRO®  RIB Complete®  contains dual modes of action for maximum protection, with a mix of 95 percent insect-protected seed and 5 percent refuge seed in the bag. It’s the only double-stacked trait with dual modes of action against corn earworm.

Drought tolerant.

In many areas of the country, growing a hybrid that is drought tolerant is critical. Technologies such as those found in DroughtGard®  Hybrids combine the best agronomic recommendations, germplasm and a drought-tolerant biotech trait. They are designed to help the plant adapt to drought stress, use available soil moisture efficiently and provide the opportunity to help minimize yield loss from drought.

Multiple Modes Of Action Improve Efficiency

Consider planting hybrids with multiple modes of action, such as the SmartStax® trait, for enhanced yield opportunity.

Reusable Quality Product Packaging

CROPLAN® corn seed is available in convenient, easy-to-use, large capacity bulk containers for our customers. This form of reusable packaging helps ensure product quality and provides efficient seed movement to the field.

Using Corn Insecticide On Traits

Map of US midwest states experiencing yield increases when using corn insecticidesUsing a corn insecticide can help increase your profitability potential. Answer Plot® research comparing CRW-traited corn treated with Capture® LFR® insecticide vs. untreated achieved a 5.32-bushel-per-acre yield advantage over the last several years. Research was conducted in areas with moderate to high corn rootworm levels, on corn-on-corn acres.

30 locations
2015 Answer Plot® data
LSD (0.10) = 4.93

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Monsanto Company is a member of Excellence Through Stewardship® (ETS). Monsanto products are commercialized in accordance with ETS Product Launch Stewardship Guidance, and in compliance with Monsanto’s Policy for Commercialization of Biotechnology-Derived Plant Products in Commodity Crops. This product has been approved for import into key export markets with functioning regulatory systems. Any crop or material produced from this product can only be exported to, or used, processed or sold in countries where all necessary regulatory approvals have been granted. It is a violation of national and international law to move material containing biotech traits across boundaries into nations where import is not permitted. Growers should talk to their grain handler or product purchaser to confirm their buying position for this product. Excellence Through Stewardship® is a registered trademark of Excellence Through Stewardship. B.t. products may not yet be registered in all states. Check with your representative for the registration status in your state

IMPORTANT IRM INFORMATION: RIB Complete® corn blend products do not require the planting of a structured refuge except in the Cotton-Growing Area where corn earworm is a significant pest. SmartStax® RIB Complete® corn blend is not allowed to be sold for planting in the Cotton-Growing Area. See the IRM/Grower Guide for additional information. Always read and follow IRM requirements.

DroughtGard® Hybrids with RIB Complete® corn blend the refuge seed may not always contain DroughtGard® Hybrids trait.

ALWAYS READ AND FOLLOW PESTICIDE LABEL DIRECTIONS. Roundup Ready technology contain genes that confer tolerance to glyphosate, an active ingredient in Roundup® brand agricultural herbicides. Agricultural herbicides containing glyphosate will kill crops that are not tolerant to glyphosate.

Acceleron®, DroughtGard®, RIB Complete®, Roundup Ready 2 Technology and Design®, Roundup Ready®, Roundup®, SmartStax®, Trecepta®, Trecepta® RIB Complete®, VT Double PRO® and VT Triple PRO® are trademarks of Bayer Group. LibertyLink® and the Water Droplet Design® are registered trademarks of BASF Corporation. Herculex® is a registered trademark of Corteva AgroSciences LLC. Insect control technology provided by Vip3A is utilized under license from Syngenta Crop Protection AG. Agrisure Viptera® is a registered trademark of a Syngenta group company. Respect the Refuge and Corn Design® and Respect the Refuge® are registered trademarks of National Corn Growers Association. All other trademarks are the property of their respective owners.

Performance may vary from location to location and from year to year, as local growing, soil and weather conditions may vary. Growers should evaluate data from multiple locations and years whenever possible and should consider the impacts of these conditions on the grower’s fields.