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Dow's Herculex hybrids eligible for insurance reductions in 2010

Agriculture.com Staff 11/30/2009 @ 8:56am

Through the Pilot Biotechnology Endorsement (BE) program, hybrids with Dow AgroSciences Herculex XTRA Insect Protection are again eligible for reduced insurance premiums in 2010, company officials say.

Participation in the program continues to increase as growers realize the benefits of planting hybrids with a BE-qualifying technology. In previous years, growers have saved more than $3 per acre on insurance premiums.

While some Herculex XTRA hybrids are stacked with Roundup Ready technology, others are available without Roundup Ready for more cost-effective weed control using a conventional herbicide program.

"It's important for today's farmers to have options when it comes to their corn hybrids," says Duane Canfield, marketing specialist for Herculex Insect Protection. "By choosing the proven insect control of Herculex XTRA, growers are getting the maximum value for their purchase"

"I've been real satisfied with Herculex. I like the stalk quality, and because the corn is healthier, it stands better," says Lyndell Echternacht, a corn grower from Leonard, Missouri, who has been growing hybrids with HERCULEX since the trait was first available.

Through the Pilot Biotechnology Endorsement (BE) program, hybrids with Dow AgroSciences Herculex XTRA Insect Protection are again eligible for reduced insurance premiums in 2010, company officials say.

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