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More than 90% of corn growers adhering to IRM requirements

Agriculture.com Staff 04/28/2006 @ 7:05am

The National Corn Growers Association announced yesterday that more than 90% of growers are aware of and effectively complying with Insect Resistance Management (IRM) requirements as mandated by the Environmental Protection Agency.

These findings are based on 2005 on-farm assessments along with an independent survey conducted on behalf of the Agriculture Biotechnology Stewardship Technical Committee.

Since 1999, Bt corn registrants (Dow AgroSciences, Monsanto, Pioneer Hi- Bred International, Inc., and Syngenta Seeds) have monitored adherence to the IRM requirements to help ensure that Bt corn borer technology remains effective against pests and is a tool readily available for all growers. The monitoring effort was expanded in 2002 with the Compliance Assurance Program, designed to promote IRM awareness and assess implementation at the farm level.

According to the 2005 telephone survey, 92% of U.S. Bt corn growers met or exceeded the minimum recommended refuge size, up from 91% in 2004 and 86% in 2003. On-farm visits found more than 94% of producers met refuge requirements. Those with small and large acreage are meeting the requirements at similar levels.

For assistance in managing Bt corn and refuge areas, NCGA encourages growers to visit http://www.ncga.com/biotechnology/insectMgmtPlan/index.asp, or see their seed representative.

The National Corn Growers Association announced yesterday that more than 90% of growers are aware of and effectively complying with Insect Resistance Management (IRM) requirements as mandated by the Environmental Protection Agency.

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