Technology that reduces crop insurance premiums

American farmers in 11 states are getting reduced crop insurance premiums by planting triple-stack technology corn hybrids. Can Ontario farmers be far behind?

Mike Nailor, trait marketing manager for Monsanto, says that he’s had “informal” talks with Agricorp, which handles crop insurance in Ontario. Nailor says test plots show that triple-stack hybrids – those with a gene to fight corn rootworm – have a yield advantage over the same genetics with just Roundup Ready and corn borer protection. Theadvantage is 2.9 bushels per acre on rotated ground and slightly shy of 10 bushels per acre on corn-after-corn trials.

Better Farming - April 2009