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Dow AgroSciences, Monsanto Complete U.S. and Canadian Regulatory Authorizations for SmartStax Corn; Plans Set to Launch Seed Platform on 3 Million- to 4 Million-Plus Acres
Date:7/20/2009

Stax corn will allow us to reduce our insecticide use even further to 5 percent of our corn acres, while improving insect control and our environmental footprint will be lowered. Additionally, the lower refuge in the Corn Belt for SmartStax means I can better protect 15 percent more of my acres from potential yield loss."

About SmartStax

SmartStax combines the industry's leading above- and below-ground insect protection and herbicide-tolerant traits for the most yield protection available to farmers:

  • Above-ground insect control for protection against corn earworm, European corn borer, southwestern corn borer, sugar cane borer, fall armyworm, western bean cutworm and black cutworm: with Dow AgroSciences' HERCULEX((R)) I Insect Protection technology and Monsanto's VT PRO(TM), a second-generation, two-gene lepidopteran control product contained in Genuity(TM) Triple PRO(TM).
  • Below-ground insect control for protection against Western, Northern and Mexican corn rootworms: integrating Monsanto's YieldGard VT Rootworm/RR2 technology with Dow AgroSciences' HERCULEX((R)) RW Insect Protection technology.
  • Broad spectrum weed and grass control: bringing together Monsanto's Roundup Ready((R)) 2 technology with Bayer CropScience's Liberty Link((R)) herbicide tolerance.

Monsanto and Dow AgroSciences will cross-license, under royalty-bearing agreements, their respective above- and below-ground insect protection systems, as well as the two leading weed control systems. Monsanto and Dow AgroSciences will offer other seed companies access to SmartStax through licenses whereby Monsanto and Dow AgroSciences will directly license their respective component technologies. Monsanto will manage the licensing process for itself and as an agent for Dow AgroSciences.

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