Bayer has been granted commercial registrations by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), for the traits that will allow the U.S. to commercialize its newest corn product, VT4PRO using RNAi technology.
Bayer officials claim that VT4PRO technology provides U.S. farmers with an additional option for controlling both above-ground as well as below-ground pests. VT4PRO technology, the first product to combine the three modes built-in in Trecepta technology, is the first. They include an aboveground corn pest package to control insects like corn earworm or western bean cutworm as well an RNAi based mode of action to help manage corn rootworm.
“We’re excited about the potential of this product and believe it will provide tremendous value for farmers, helping provide added protection against some of the toughest corn pests,” said Scott Stein, North America corn product management lead, in a news release. “The addition of VT4PRO technology to our portfolio gives farmers another choice in Bayer’s already-robust product lineup. We anticipate that this offering will have a broad geographic fit and will provide corn growers the widest spectrum of insect defense from Bayer.”
A complement to Bayer’s existing portfolio, VT4PRO technology will complement other products like SmartStax PRO Technology and offer an additional option for growers looking for hybrids that will perform well under low-to-moderate corn rootworm pressure and areas under higher risk for corn earworm or western bean cutworm.
“This product is another example of Bayer’s commitment to developing and delivering innovative products for farmers through our corn product pipeline,” said Stein. “With an annual investment of more than $2 billon, we’re dedicated to developing technology that provides innovative solutions that help growers address the tough challenges they face on their farms.”
Bayer will conduct large-scale field testing for VT4PRO technology over the 2022-2023 growing seasons. It is possible to launch commercial volumes in 2024, subject state registrations.
Source: Successful Farming