Dow-Monsanto complete new corn seed authorizations
July 22, 2009
A Dow Chemical unit announced a new pest- and weed-resistant corn seed received registration from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and regulatory authorization from the Canadian Food Inspection Agency, according to the Associated Press. Dow AgroSciences said SmartStax remains on track for a commercial launch next year. Dow AgroSciences is developing and marketing the product with Monsanto Co. The companies said they expect the new corn seed to be offered to farmers with three to four million plus acres in its first year. SmartStax is designed to control corn pests above and below ground. They include Western corn rootworms, corn earworm and black cutworm.