A number of new corn products will come to market this year, including Qrome, Duracade and Enlist Corn. These new options provide growers with a wider variety of tools to address important concerns but, given market conditions, will only be made available through stewarded launches each provider has designed to ensure the need for technology and international markets is balanced.
The National Corn Growers Association’s Freedom to Operate Action Team has been briefed by all three companies on their respective stewardship plans. Given the information provided, the team is comfortable that the programs created for these products will inform growers of their responsibility to keep grain produced with these traits in appropriate, pre-designated channels and out of non-target markets.
While these launches have been designed to mitigate risk, NCGA continues to urge growers to double consult with the Know Before You Grow online tool for a full listing of commercial hybrids and their international approval status prior to planting.
To visit Know Before You Grow, click here.
Growers should always read their grower agreements and consult with both their seed salespersons and grain buyers. This is why NCGA works with technology providers to publicize regular updates on the approval status of these events.
CommonGround is a group of farmers connecting with consumers through conversations about science and research and personal stories about food and misinformation surrounding farming. Supported by the NCGA and state corn organizations.
The Soil Health Partnership (SHP) is a farmer-led initiative that fosters transformation in agriculture through improved soil health. Administered by NCGA the partnership has more than 220 working farms enrolled in 16 states. SHP’s mission is to utilize science and data to partner with farmers who are adopting conservation agricultural practices that improve the economic and environmental sustainability of the farm.
The Corn Utilization and Technology Conference (CUTC) is a biennial event happening this June. Learn more.