YieldGard Corn Rootworm Product Approval Coming Soon

With approval pending from the Environmental Protection Agency, Monsanto expects to have a limited amount of a new corn rootworm product on the market for use next spring.

This Monsanto corn rootworm technology, currently referred to as MON-863, is similar to the firm’s YieldGard corn borer technology, but is aimed at controlling Northern, Western and Mexico rootworm species. When approved, the product will be known as YieldGard Rootworm and the current product will be renamed YieldGard Corn Borer. The company is also working on a stacked trait that will combine both YieldGard corn borer and rootworm technologies, such as has been done with its current stacked hybrid of Roundup Ready corn and YieldGard corn.

“Corn rootworm costs growers roughly $1 billion per year, which includes soil-applied insecticides and what they lose in yield,” says John Eberwine, technology product manager for Monsanto. The company will seek Japanese approval to secure end-use markets for growers before a full launch of the product in 2002.


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