Looking to find an above- and below-ground corn trait best suited for your specific needs and conditions? This simple corn trait decision tree helps you identify which one is right for you.

Looking for above-ground only traits? Try our above-ground corn trait decision tree.

IDENTIFYING YOUR NEEDS

DO YOU HAVE CORN ROOTWORM PRESSURE IN YOUR FIELDS?

ARE YOU GROWING CORN ON CORN?

HAVE YOU BEEN GROWING CORN ON CORN FOR MORE THAN 5 YEARS?

ARE YOU EXPERIENCING HIGH CORN ROOTWORM PRESSURE?

Yes – SmartStax® PRO with RNAi Technology is recommended

No – SmartStax® Technology is recommended

ARE YOU IN AN AREA THAT HAS HISTORICALLY BEEN AT RISK FOR CORN ROOTWORM?

Yes – SmartStax® Technology is recommended

No – Keep scouting for corn rootworm and select an above-ground trait using our above-ground corn trait decision tree.

SOLUTIONS

CROP ROTATION IS RECOMMENDED

Rotating your crops helps return nutrients to the soil and can help interrupt pest cycles. If rotation is not an option, SmartStax® PRO with RNAi Technology* is recommended along with adult beetle control.

CONTINUE SCOUTING

If you’re unsure about the corn rootworm pressure in your fields, root digs and corn rootworm beetle scouting can help you gather more information. Then, speak with your local Bayer representative for more guidance on finding the right traits for your operation, and learn more about SmartStax® PRO with RNAi Technology.

RECOMMENDED TRAIT:
SMARTSTAX® TECHNOLOGY

If you’re unsure about the corn rootworm SmartStax® Technology is your first line of defense against the billion dollar bug, corn rootworm. With two built-in modes of action, SmartStax Technology has a proven record of offering corn rootworm control above and below ground. Protect your crop and yield potential all season long with SmartStax Technology.

RECOMMENDED TRAIT:
SMARTSTAX® PRO TECHNOLOGY WITH RNAi TECHNOLOGY

SmartStax® PRO Technology is the next generation of protection, providing three modes of action against corn rootworm for the strongest biotech defense* available in 2022**. Combining the proven benefits of SmartStax® Technology with a unique RNAi-based mode of action, it’s the first and only product with three modes of action for above- and below-ground corn rootworm protection.

ADDITIONAL ADVICE

Always consider your overall return on investment when making your final trait decision.

  • One trait may offer more protection than you may need at the time, but (based on the seed) will still have potential to deliver a better return on investment than another trait.
  • Inversely, a trait may provide less protection than recommended, but (depending on the product) may outperform a product with the recommended trait in your area.

When your risks are known and accounted for, Bayer always recommends the trait that offers the best return on investment for your operation.

*SmartStax® PRO RIB Complete® corn blend will be commercially available for the 2022 growing season.

**Based upon 2019-2020 Bayer internal trials comparing leading corn rootworm technologies in fields with moderate to heavy corn rootworm pressure.

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Bayer products are commercialized in accordance with ETS Product Launch Stewardship Guidance, and in compliance with Bayer’s Policy for Commercialization of Biotechnology-Derived Plant Products in Commodity Crops. Commercialized products have been approved for import into key export markets with functioning regulatory systems. Any crop or material produced from this product can only be exported to, or used, processed or sold in countries where all necessary regulatory approvals have been granted. It is a violation of national and international law to move material containing biotech traits across boundaries into nations where import is not permitted. Growers should talk to their grain handler or product purchaser to confirm their buying position for this product. Excellence Through Stewardship® is a registered trademark of Excellence Through Stewardship.

SmartStax® PRO RIB Complete® corn blend will be commercially available for the 2022 growing season.

ALWAYS READ AND FOLLOW PESTICIDE LABEL DIRECTIONS. B.t. products may not yet be registered in all states. Check with your seed brand representative for the registration status in your state.

IMPORTANT IRM INFORMATION: RIB Complete® corn blend products do not require the planting of a structured refuge except in the Cotton-Growing Area where corn earworm is a significant pest. See the IRM/Grower Guide for additional information. Always read and follow IRM requirements.

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