In April, the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) issued a positive scientific opinion for the Agrisure Duracade® trait. This means the EFSA has completed its scientific evaluation of the trait for food and feed and has recommended that the EU should grant full import approval.
“This announcement is very good news,” says David Thompson, national sales and marketing director for Stine. “Although we still must wait for final approval, receiving this positive scientific opinion brings us one step closer to getting full approval and means that the path to approval is predictable.”
This advancement is exciting news for Stine corn customers throughout the United States. When combined with Stine’s high-yielding corn genetics, the Agrisure Duracade trait offers growers a powerful all-in-one system for corn pest management. For 2019, Stine is advancing a full complement of Agrisure Duracade 5222 E-Z Refuge brand corn, which provides the industry’s most complete coverage against above-ground pests in addition to boasting two modes of action for corn rootworm control. The E-Z Refuge designation means the hybrids are conveniently packaged with five percent integrated in-bag refuge. Learn more about Stine Agrisure Duracade 5222 E-Z Refuge brand corn here.
While the Agrisure Duracade trait is approved for sale in the United States and Canada, and for export to most international markets, EFSA’s announcement does not mean that the trait is fully approved worldwide. This announcement is simply a positive step forward in the process. So, for now, growers purchasing corn containing the Agrisure Duracade trait must sign an Agrisure Duracade Grain Use Agreement at the time of seed purchase to verify they will deliver the resulting grain to an accepting location or utilize it for livestock feeding. For the latest on the approval, contact your Stine sales representative. To learn more about specific locations accepting Duracade, contact Gavilon Grain at (844) 559-1500.