Managing your corn refuge requirements could become a whole lot easier, as the marketplace eagerly anticipates refuge-in-a-bag products that will blend traited corn seed with non-traited seed that meets refuge requirements in a single package.

The EPA is slated to convene a Scientific Advisory Panel to review several product submissions related to the refuge-in-a-bag concept beginning late this year. And pending regulatory approval, companies expect to introduce various refuge-in-a-bag products for the 2012 planting season. Pioneer’s first in-the-bag refuge product for corn rootworm was approved in 2010 and will be available for the 2011 planting season.