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Bayer aims for 2024 launch of VT4PRO with RNAi technology corn hybrids

VT4PRO with RNAi technology aims at managing insects that include corn rootworm, corn earworm and western bean cutworm.

Bayer has received Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) commercial registrations for the traits that will enable the U.S. commercialization of its newest corn product, VT4PRO with RNAi technology.

VT4PRO technology will provide U.S. farmers with an additional option to help control above-ground and below ground pests, say Bayer officials. VT4PRO technology is the first product that combines the three modes of built-in action in Trecepta technology. They include an above-ground corn pest package that controls insects such as corn earworm and western bean cutworm, along with an RNAi-based mode of action that helps manage corn rootworm.

“We’re excited about the potential of this product and believe it will provide tremendous value for farmers, helping provide added protection against some of the toughest corn pests,” said Scott Stein, North America corn product management lead, in a news release. “The addition of VT4PRO technology to our portfolio gives farmers another choice in Bayer’s already-robust product lineup. We anticipate that this offering will have a broad geographic fit and will provide corn growers the widest spectrum of insect defense from Bayer.”

A complement to Bayer’s existing portfolio, VT4PRO technology will complement other products like SmartStax PRO Technology and offer an additional option for growers looking for hybrids that will perform well under low-to-moderate corn rootworm pressure and areas under higher risk for corn earworm or western bean cutworm.

“This product is another example of Bayer’s commitment to developing and delivering innovative products for farmers through our corn product pipeline,” said Stein. “With an annual investment of more than $2 billon, we’re dedicated to developing technology that provides innovative solutions that help growers address the tough challenges they face on their farms.”

Bayer plans to conduct large scale field testing of VT4PRO technology during the 2022 and 2023 growing seasons, with the potential to launch commercial volumes as early as 2024, pending state registrations.

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