Corn growers protect Bt technology

February 2005
Southeast Farm Press;2/2/2005, Vol. 32 Issue 4, p25
Trade Publication
The article reports on a survey which states that a large majority of corn growers are adhering to insect resistance management (IRM) requirements designed for corn borer resistant Bt corn. The Compliance Assurance Program (CAP) has contributed to IRM awareness in the growers community. Introduced by the seed industry in 2002, the CAP was developed to further inform growers about the importance of complying with IRM requirements and how to implement them on their farms. The IRM requirements established by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, the Bt corn registrants and academics in 1999 obligate growers to plant at least a 20 percent refuge, that is, corn that does not contain a Bt gene for controlling corn borers and insure every Bt corn field is located within one half mile of a refuge.


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