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The Syngenta Field Report features information and experts from Syngenta sharing observations about issues growers are dealing with in the fields.

Integrated Refuge Products Make Meeting Refuge Requirements Simple

Oct 01, 2013

The National Corn Growers Association 2012 refuge compliance results found that the percentage of farmers not planting any refuge acres is now less than 10 percent, down from 16 percent in 2011. Included for the first time in this survey were farmers using integrated refuge products, with 50 percent of farmers surveyed indicating that they had planted an integrated refuge product.

With corn rootworm pressure rising and concern over continued efficacy of current corn rootworm technologies, planting refuge acres is a critical part of any management plan. A strong stewardship program is essential for protecting and preserving the long-term value of trait technology. It ensures that farmers have choices in combatting pests like corn rootworm right now, next season and into the future.
Refuge compliance is not only a responsibility to technology preservation, but also a legal requirement. The EPA requires a refuge on every farm that plants corn hybrids. Failing to meet refuge requirements puts farmers at risk of losing access to insect traits, should the EPA find non-compliance.
Integrated refuge products make compliance simple and help farmers avoid confusion concerning how much refuge is required. This allows farmers to comply with stewardship agreements easily and go through the planting process with the utmost convenience. Agrisure Duracade™, the newest corn rootworm trait offering from Syngenta, will only be sold as part of two trait stacks available as a 5 percent integrated, single-bag refuge product – Agrisure Duracade 5122 E-Z Refuge® and Agrisure Duracade 5222 E-Z Refuge – providing convenience and maximizing future effectiveness of this new technology.
Syngenta hereby disclaims any liability for Third Party websites referenced herein.

©2013 Syngenta. Agrisure Duracade™, E-Z Refuge® and the Syngenta logo are trademarks of a Syngenta Group Company. HERCULEX® and the HERCULEX Shield are trademarks of Dow AgroSciences, LLC. HERCULEX Insect Protection technology by Dow AgroSciences.

Power Traits

Sep 18, 2013

"Game-changing" is a term that often punctuates discussions about the most recent trait offerings from Syngenta—and for good reason. These traits, including Agrisure Duracade™, Agrisure Artesian® and Enogen®, are enabling farmers to grow more corn, while bolstering the company’s leadership position in corn insect control, water optimization and energy solutions. 

Combating the destructive corn rootworm, providing season-long drought protection and improving the efficiency of dry-grind ethanol production are among the many benefits of these traits. And behind each technology is a series of breakthrough moments for the scientists and product leads who helped bring it to growers.
Click here to get the full story on these power traits in Thrive

Fall Herbicides Can Help You Start Strong in 2014

Sep 09, 2013

There is no rest for the weary! Even with the 2013 growing season still in full swing, you’re likely starting to shift gears as you begin to plan for 2014. One way to get a head start is with a fall-applied residual herbicide application for winter weed management so you can start clean in 2014. Why?

  • As we’ve seen over the last two seasons, you never know what hand you’ll be dealt by Mother Nature. This spring, many farmers had the best intentions for applying pre-emergence residual herbicides in corn and soybeans, but rain kept them out of the fields. 
  • Weeds are becoming more difficult to control, so using a fall-applied herbicide will help manage weed populations this winter, which can give you the advantage you need to avoid yield-robbing early-season weed competition in the spring, especially as commodity prices creep downward. 
Benefits of a fall-applied herbicide include:
  • Spreads out your workload and gives you an early start to spring planting
    • You can concentrate on getting the seed in the ground when you get a window to plant 
  • Saves on the cost of an application if applied in the fall with fertilizer
  • Reduces spring compaction
  • Improves weed control and reduces early-season pressure from grass and broadleaf weeds in the spring 
  • Reduces burndown in no-till 
  • Helps manage against weed resistance if using herbicides with multiple modes of action
By managing weed populations in the fall, you’ll have more time and flexibility to put down a spring-applied post-emergence application on your crop. 
Fall-applied Herbicide Recommendations:
  • For corn and soybeans:
    • Fall-applied Dual Magnum® herbicide is a great tool because it can be used ahead of Halex® GT herbicide in corn and Flexstar® GT 3.5 herbicide in soybeans to help you start strong with clean fields.
      • Application guidelines (see product label for details) 
        • After September 30
          • ND, SD, MN, WI, IA (North of Route 30)
        • After October 15
          • NE (North of Route 91), IA (South of Route 30)
        • After October 31
          • IL (North of Route 136)
        • Sustained 4-inch soil temperature must be 55F or less, but before the ground is frozen 
      • Fall-applied Princep® 4L herbicide provides broad-spectrum, long-lasting control of winter annuals and can be followed by a post-emergence application of Halex GT.
    • For outstanding burndown control of annual grass and broadleaf weeds, Gramoxone® herbicide brands are the ideal solution for resistance-conscious growers looking for effective weed control to help preserve the efficacy of glyphosate, glufosinate and the benefits of herbicide-tolerant trait technology.
      • For improved burndown or residual control, Gramoxone may be tank mixed with Dual Magnum® herbicide
*Refer to the label for complete instructions on use rates and application procedures
Bottom line: By using a fall-applied herbicide, you can save valuable time and money by preventing and controlling damaging weeds before they start. 
©2013 Syngenta. Important: Always read and follow label instructions. Some crop protection products may not be registered for sale or use in all states or counties. Please check with your local extension service to ensure registration status. Gramoxone Inteon, Gramoxone SL and Gramoxone SL 2.0 are Restricted Use Pesticides. Dual II Magnum®, Dual Magnum®, Flexstar®, Gramoxone®, Halex® and Princep® are trademarks of a Syngenta Group Company.

Most Efficient Harvest contest to showcase improved standability

Aug 29, 2013

Harvest preparation begins with controlling the destructive plant stresses, diseases or insects that prevent corn from standing strong until harvest. Growers who see an improved stand at harvest time, following an application of either Quilt Xcel® fungicide or Force® insecticide*, are eligible to enter the Most Efficient Harvest contest ( The contest winner will receive a $500 Visa® gift card.

The contest, sponsored by Quilt Xcel and Force, will be open for submissions today through Nov. 29, 2013. Growers are invited to submit pictures of their Quilt Xcel- or Force-treated corn as well as descriptions with specific examples of the stand and harvestability benefits observed, such as savings on fuel, labor and equipment costs at harvest time.

Quilt Xcel corn

Quilt Xcel (left) vs. untreated rows of corn (right)

Force   Trait roots corn

Force + Trait roots (left) vs. roots with trait alone (right)

Force delivers superior corn rootworm and early-season insect control that protects roots, allowing for improved nutrient uptake and less lodging. An early (V4-V8) or R1 application of Quilt Xcel provides plant stress management benefits, including stronger, deeper root systems and stronger stalks that reduce the risk of lodging. 

"Improved root health, stronger stalks and better stand allow for a more efficient harvest," said Andrew Fisher, commercial product lead, fungicides, Syngenta. "These benefits don’t just reduce hassle, they equate to more grain in the bin and significant money saved on harvest expenses."

A panel of Syngenta and crop experts will judge the photos and announce the winner in early December. See Official Rules for details.

*Entrants are NOT required to have used both products

Product performance assumes disease presence.

© 2013 Syngenta. Important: Always read and follow label instructions. Some crop protection products may not be registered for sale or use in all states or counties. Please check with your local extension service to ensure registration status. Force CS and Force 3G are Restricted Use Pesticides. Force®, Quilt Xcel® and the Syngenta logo are registered trademarks of a Syngenta Group Company. Visa® is a registered trademark of Visa.

Syngenta Introduces the Bug Squad at Farm Progress Show

Aug 28, 2013
The Syngenta Bug Squad is an elite team of corn insect control experts that was created to offer invaluable insight into insect control technologies, resistance management, entomology and agronomy. Working together with the Syngenta portfolio of insect control technologies to help farmers grow more corn, this group exemplifies why Syngenta is the U.S. leader in corn insect control. Bug Squad members include:

"As a member of this team, I hope to have good conversations about the insect pressures growers are facing and look forward to working together to develop sustainable insect management plans," said Caydee Savinelli, Ph.D., Syngenta technical product lead and Bug Squad member. "Syngenta has several key tools that fit well into the overall management of insects and can help our customers maximize their productivity."

Syngenta debuted the Bug Squad at the 2013 Farm Progress Show; members answered questions about above- and below-ground corn insects. The Bug Squad will also be answering questions on Twitter using the hashtag #BugSquad. 
Bug Squad photo
To learn more about the Bug Squad, visit
© 2013 Syngenta. The Syngenta logo is a trademark of a Syngenta Group Company.
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