NCGA creates refuge calculator tool

In an effort to help farmers meet the refuge compliance of planting Bt corn, the National Corn Growers Association has created a new tool called the IRM Calculator. The calculator will help producers figure out where and how much refuge should be planted to meet the new mandated EPA requirements for 2011.

“In addition to protecting current technology, adherence to refuge requirements is important for the commercialization of next generation biotech traits,” said Chad Blindauer, South Dakota Corn Utilization Council Vice President. “Future traits that build on today’s technology will only be successful if today’s technology remains effective.”

“Biotechnology is an important part of modern agriculture’s ability to sustainably meet the worlds increasing demands for food, feed and fuel,” said Blindauer. “Given the benefits of Bt products, farmers and trait providers have a duty to ensure proper stewardship to keep this technology viable and on the market.”

Go to www.irmcalculator.com to figure out your refuge acres for this coming spring.

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