(Posted Wed. Dec 5th, 2012)
Dec. 5: The National Corn Growers Association reminds farmers that early refuge planning helps ensure a smooth planting season. As many complete planting planning, the time to make concrete preparations is now.
“Refuge planning is important for all farmers because it supports the continued viability of important tools,” said NCGA Trade Policy and Biotechnology Action Team Chair Jim Zimmermann. “While seed companies work hard to keep a pipeline of new products flowing, it is important that farmers keep up their end of the bargain too. Early planning makes meeting refuge requirements much simpler once planting season arrives.”
Farmers should first consider the type of refuge solution they will use next year. Most major technology providers now offer integrated refuge solutions that will ensure compliance. Farmers planning to plant refuge in a block should secure refuge seed now.
While proper refuge planning can be confusing given the host of differing requirements associated with each variety, farmers have many allies who can act as resources. Generally the first and most important resource, seed dealers and crop consultants will help explain requirements and aide in planning.
Farmers interested in reading information supplied directly by seed companies should access the Insect Resistance Management and Technology User Guide supplied by each company.
Finally, NCGA offers an Insect Resistance Management refuge calculator that allows users to easily clarify refuge options and develop a plan. This tool provides information on even for the latest products. To access or download the NCGA calculator, please visit www.irmcalculator.com.
In addition to proper refuge planning, NCGA also recommends that growers pay attention to any signs of insect pressure in their fields and acquaint themselves with more advanced integrated pest management solutions. By keeping up-to-date on all options, farmers increase the tools readily available in their arsenal should the need arise.