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June 2013 Archive for Syngenta Field Report

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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.

The Path of Least Resistance

Jun 27, 2013

If the resistance issues that developed as a result of the overreliance on glyphosate to control weeds have taught growers anything, it’s that the unvaried use of a single technology is fraught with peril. "Resistance can develop from the repeated use of any technology or method of control," says Miloud Araba, Ph.D., Syngenta technical product lead of insect traits. "If we find the key, nature wants to change the locks." 

Now growers are finding that nature is changing some of those "locks" once again, as resistance spreads to new crops and emerges in new areas, including yield-robbing diseases and insects. The good news is that growers can apply some of the same principles that govern the management of weed resistance in corn and soybeans to control problems in these new areas. 
To read the full article, "The Path of Least Resistance," click here
©2013 Syngenta. Thrive® is a registered trademark of a Syngenta Group Company.

Buzz-worthy News on Bees

Jun 17, 2013

In celebration of National Pollinator Week, June 17 - 23, it’s important to stop and recognize how vital these seemingly small creatures are to the agriculture industry and to feeding the global population. The value of insect pollination alone is estimated at more than $200 billion per year to the global ecosystem.

Pollinating insects are crucial for the success of many natural habitats and the production of many food crops, like almonds, cantaloupe and cranberries. At least one third of the human food supply from crops and plants depends on insect pollination. Without pollination by bees, farmers, food processors, retailers and even crop protection and seed companies would find it hard to develop and grow their businesses.
Syngenta is working with beekeepers and organizations to tackle the causes of bee deaths, and testing a range of solutions to combat the diseases affecting bees, including new biological and chemical control agents to fight the parasitic mites such as Varroa destructor and the fungal parasite Nosema ceranae
This work, along with Operation Pollinator, an international biodiversity program, is boosting the number of pollinating insects on commercial farms. It works by creating specific habitats, tailored to local conditions and native insects.
Bees are vitally important to the sustainability of agriculture, and everyone can take steps to help pollinators thrive again. To see what you can do to boost pollinators in your area, visit the Pollinator Week website.


Masking the Corn Rootworm

Jun 11, 2013

In drought-stressed regions, corn rootworms thrive. 

Drought plus corn rootworm infestation presents a compounded problem to farmers: The bugs proliferate under dry conditions and the damage their incessant root feeding does to plants, like stunting growth and limiting ear fill, is magnified by heat stress and lack of water.
In 2012, severe drought masked the severity of the corn rootworm problem. Rain and wind storms typically make rootworm-damaged corn plants fall over but the rainstorms didn’t come in 2012.
By reducing water and nutrient uptake of plants, larval root pruning places severe physiological stress on corn and results in significant yield reduction. At a time when scientists are predicting more-frequent severe weather events, crops are more vulnerable to corn rootworm damage.
Be on the lookout for a brand new corn rootworm technology from Syngenta in 2014.
To learn about how you can effectively control corn rootworm and grow more corn, contact your local seed advisor or retailer, or go to

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Shield corn against early-season stress with Quilt Xcel® fungicide

Jun 10, 2013

At the beginning of a season, it is impossible to anticipate what environmental stresses will affect corn.  In 2012, drought conditions began impacting corn before most growers were thinking about disease pressure. Those who waited for the traditional fungicide application timing, around the R1 growth stage, missed out on the stress management benefits that an early (V4-V8) application of Quilt Xcel® fungicide could have provided. 

To date, the 2013 season is proving to be just as unpredictable as 2012. As a result of early-season wet conditions, growers face concerns, such as delayed planting and the potential for heavier disease pressure. An early application of Quilt Xcel can help manage the stresses that corn will face in 2013.

"Early Quilt Xcel applications are about establishing a solid foundation for the corn plant, so it can reach its full genetic yield potential," said Dr. Eric Tedford, technical product lead, fungicides, Syngenta. "Plant stress comes in different forms, but every season brings stresses on the plant. Farmers who recognize this and apply Quilt Xcel early to help corn tolerate these stresses are the ones who receive the yield payoff at harvest time." 

An early application of Quilt Xcel protects corn from in-season environmental stresses, including periods of too much or too little water, heavy winds, and other unforeseeable challenges. Quilt Xcel provides other physiological benefits, such as stronger stalks, which reduce the potential for lodging and volunteer corn the following season. Additionally, corn that is treated with early applications of Quilt Xcel stays green longer, allowing for extended periods of photosynthesis. As a result, the treated corn experiences more plant growth, increased grain fill and an average yield boost of 6-8 bushels per acre. 

At the early timing, Quilt Xcel can be tankmixed with Halex® GT or other approved corn herbicides or insecticides for one convenient ground rig application. 

For more information, please visit or call the Syngenta Customer Center at 1-866-SYNGENT(A) (796-4368). Follow Syngenta on Twitter (@SyngentaUS) and Facebook (

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. Quilt Xcel®, Halex® and the Syngenta logo are registered trademarks of a Syngenta Group Company.


Nurturing Nature

Jun 07, 2013
When retailer Brock Skov advises growers to apply Quilt Xcel® fungicide to their crops, he knows they will get more than just excellent disease control. He also knows they will get healthier, heartier plants that can withstand the punches Mother Nature may deliver throughout the season. "Quilt Xcel offers both curative and preventive disease control and provides physiological benefits," says Skov, who works at Central Valley Co-op in Hayfield, Minn. "We have also seen nice yield results from it—on average a 10- to 15-acre boost—even during the 2012 drought." 
Because fungal problems are usually associated with moisture, the notion of applying a fungicide when conditions are dry seems counterintuitive, says Eric Tedford, Ph.D, Syngenta technical product lead. "However, the fact remains that growers and retailers are seeing yield benefits from certain fungicides under dry conditions." 
To read the full article, "Nurturing Nature," click here
©2013 Syngenta. Quilt Xcel® and Thrive® are registered trademarks of a Syngenta Group Company. 

Product performance assumes disease presence.
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