MYCOGEN® Brand Hybrids with HERCULEX® XTRA Insect Protection Eligible for Reduced Insurance Premiums

Growers who plant MYCOGEN brand hybrids with HERCULEX® XTRA Insect Protection – including those stacked with Roundup Ready® Corn 2 technology – may be eligible for reduced crop insurance premiums in select states in 2009.1 This news was recently announced by the Federal Crop Insurance Corporation Board of Directors as part of a new crop insurance program called Risk Management Biotechnology Endorsement (BE).

“Mycogen Seeds offers a wide selection of grain corn hybrids with the in-plant protection of HERCULEX XTRA Insect Protection,” says Dave Schumacher, grain corn marketing specialist, Mycogen Seeds. “With the high-yielding genetics in MYCOGEN brand hybrids and the added season-long protection from common corn pests with HERCULEX XTRA, growers are producing even higher performing crops. The BE program reinforces what growers know about hybrids with HERCULEX XTRA – that these hybrids help maximize their yield potential at any level of pest pressure.”

The BE program for the 2009 crop year will include non-irrigated grain corn hybrids with HERCULEX® XTRA and HERCULEX XTRA stacked with Roundup Ready Corn 2 in the states of Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Ohio, South Dakota, and Wisconsin.

HERCULEX XTRA Insect Protection is available in a wide variety of high-yielding hybrids. It provides in-plant protection against corn rootworm (western, northern and Mexican), European corn borer, western bean cutworm, black cutworm, southwestern corn borer, fall armyworm, southern corn stalk borer, lesser cornstalk borer, sugarcane borer, and suppression of corn earworm.

For additional information about Mycogen hybrids with HERCULEX XTRA Insect Protection, visit or contact your local Mycogen Seeds sales representative.

Mycogen Seeds is a retail seed company of Dow AgroSciences LLC and a developer and marketer of leading grain corn hybrids, the market leader in SILAGE-SPECIFIC™ corn hybrids and sunflower hybrids, as well as an industry leader in canola, alfalfa, soybeans and sorghum. For more information about MYCOGEN® brand products, visit