HERCULEX® XTRA Provides Insect Protection and Value Hybrids Eligible for Insurance Premium Reductions in 2010

INDIANAPOLIS — Nov. 30, 2009 — Growers looking to control damaging corn pests have many options as they ponder seed selections for 2010. The season-long protection of HERCULEX® XTRA Insect Protection continues to be a popular choice to guard corn yields from damaging insects, including European corn borer, black cutworm, western bean cutworm, corn rootworm and many others. HERCULEX XTRA also provides growers with herbicide choices and the potential to reduce insurance premiums — all at an economical cost per acre.

Through the Pilot Biotechnology Endorsement (BE) program, hybrids with HERCULEX® XTRA Insect Protection are again eligible for reduced insurance premiums1 in 2010. Participation in the program continues to increase as growers realize the benefits of planting hybrids with a BE-qualifying technology. In previous years, growers have saved more than $3 per acre2 on insurance premiums.

Additionally, growers who plant hybrids with HERCULEX XTRA have several herbicide options. While some HERCULEX XTRA hybrids are stacked with Roundup Ready® technology, others are available without Roundup Ready for more cost-effective weed control using IGNITE® herbicide with LibertyLink® technology, or a conventional herbicide program.

“It’s important for today’s farmers to have options when it comes to their corn hybrids,” says Duane Canfield, marketing specialist for HERCULEX Insect Protection. “By choosing the proven insect control of HERCULEX XTRA, growers are getting the maximum value for their purchase. Excellent insect protection, herbicide flexibility and an opportunity to save up to $3 per acre on insurance premiums are just a few of the ways that hybrids with HERCULEX benefit the grower’s bottom line.”

“I’ve been real satisfied with HERCULEX. I like the stalk quality, and because the corn is healthier, it stands better,” says Lyndell Echternacht, a corn grower from Leonard, Mo., who has been growing hybrids with HERCULEX since the trait was first available. ”We’re seeing a little yield increase with it, too, which is always a plus.”

To learn more about the value of hybrids with HERCULEX Insect Protection, visit www.HERCULEX.net.

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