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August 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.

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 (www.syngentaus.com/mostefficientharvest). 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 www.SyngentaUS.com/BugSquad
© 2013 Syngenta. The Syngenta logo is a trademark of a Syngenta Group Company.

A new one-stop shop for agronomic insights

Aug 27, 2013

Know More Grow More visual

Know More, Grow More is produced by the entire Syngenta agronomy team. We are putting to work our experience across many dozens of years, crops and locations to produce blog entries that help you maximize your crops’ potential. Categorized by region, crop and agronomic topic, the blog is highly sortable for easy access to information that matters to you. The photo stream and videos give you a visual look at what’s happening – from crop fields to orchards.

Logging onto KnowMoreGrowMore.com will give you access to information such as:

  • Harvest preparation tips
  • Fall management recommendations
  • Practices that extend the longevity of orchards
  • Choosing the best seed varieties for each field
  • Recommendations for herbicide, fungicide, and insecticide application timings
  • Tips for scouting, nutrient management, and other production practices
  • Preparing crops to minimize damage from anticipated storms
  • Tracking the geographic spread of herbicide resistance

In addition to providing updates from the field, the site also features other agronomic resources, such as a database of Syngenta Performance Insight newsletters, Technical Recommendations, and Quick Reference Guides.

If you’re interested in learning about something our site hasn’t yet addressed, we encourage you to use the contact form at the top of the Know More, Grow More site to let us know. Our agronomists will cover the topic as soon as they are able.

We hope you find this new tool useful and insightful. Visit KnowMoreGrowMore.com, and we look forward to helping you grow more this season and beyond!

Plan early to get a head start on successful winter wheat season

Aug 23, 2013
Experts weigh in with considerations for upcoming growing season
The 2013 harvest is running later than usual in many areas, but winter wheat planting is closing in. Representing more than three quarters of total U.S. wheat production – and as the dominant wheat class in U.S. exports – it is an important crop for many farmers from the Southeast to the Pacific Northwest. For a successful season, agronomists and university experts across the country strongly urge starting the season with a comprehensive plan. Here are some of their tips:
Select varieties to spread risk
As growers begin planning for the winter wheat planting season, Syngenta urges them to do their research: 
  • Choose three to four different seed varieties with different maturity rates, to spread out the risk of uncontrollable factors, such as temperature and moisture.
  • Plant certified seed varieties to help ensure genetic purity, smoother plantability, seed vigor and improved germination and emergence.
  • AgriPro® brand certified seed varieties from Syngenta deliver high yield potential, good test weights, quality grain and superior disease protection. Plant later-maturing varieties first and earlier-maturing varieties later. 
Control lingering pests with burndown
It is important to establish a clean field at least two weeks before planting. If not, insects and diseases  living on previous crops or remaining weeds can travel to newly emerging wheat and other fall crops. This could potentially set up devastating crop issues like barley yellow dwarf virus (BYDV) and Hessian fly. Touchdown® brand herbicides deliver down-to-the-roots, systemic burndown control of a broad spectrum of emerged annual and perennial grass and broadleaf weeds so growers can start with a clean field.
Seed treatments provide extra security
As the big weather swings of the past couple of years have shown, it’s impossible to predict what the season will bring. Experts strongly suggest growers use seed treatment options for several reasons:  
  • They help eliminate insects and diseases that negatively impact yield potential
  • Some can improve crop stand – giving the plant extra support to withstand a variety of weather conditions
  • CruiserMaxx® Vibrance® Cereals seed treatment insecticide/fungicide helps wheat establish stronger, healthier root systems that result in a more productive crop – and increased yield and profit potential
Scout fields to identify, get ahead of issues
Scouting is one of the simplest and most cost effective ways to be proactive. Make several passes throughout the season to really get to know your field, keeping an eye out for anything unusual.
Benefit from plant growth regulators
Growers increasing nitrogen rates for higher wheat yield tend to have plants with bigger heads. The bigger the head, the more it weighs, and while that’s good for yield and profit, it puts more stress on the stem and increases the likelihood of lodging. Plants that endure high winds and heavy rain are similarly prone to lodging, which can slow harvest and reduce yield by 10 to 40 percent. To strengthen the crop’s ability to withstand these conditions, consider an application of a plant growth regulator such as Palisade® EC
Grow more with crop protection
Common diseases that pose a major threat to yield potential in winter wheat include
Apply a fungicide like Quilt Xcel® early to help prevent these and other diseases from taking over fields. Don’t forget to look out for insects, either. Left untreated, they can reduce plant quality by removing sap and severely diminish yield potential by feeding on leaf tissue, among other issues. 
By creating a plan to address each of these potential challenges, the end result should be the ability to grow more wheat. 
Between the rows
®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.  AgriPro®, CruiserMaxx®, Palisade®, Quilt Xcel®, Touchdown®, Vibrance® and the Syngenta logo are registered trademarks of a Syngenta Group Company.


Soilborne diseases can spell trouble for crops – so control them early

Aug 05, 2013

Lush and robust wheat fields start with durable, deep and disease-free roots. These roots absorb the all-important nutrients and moisture that produce healthy plants with strong yield potential, which is why growers should keep their wheat’s root health top of mind when preparing for the season.

By incorporating preventive measures now – including best management practices and seed treatment applications – growers can ensure healthy root systems and get their crops started on the right foot.
Underground Threat
What’s so bad about soilborne diseases? For starters, they attack both seeds and roots, stealing nutrients and key resources needed to produce quality crops. 
Three main soilborne diseases in wheat are:
  • Rhizoctonia, which is common in cereal fields around the world, causes lesions around the root and leads to seedling collapse.
  • Pythium, which quickly infects germinating seeds and young seedlings and nibbles away at root tips. 
  • Fusarium, a yield-robbing soilborne pathogen that infects the roots and eventually gets into the crown. 
Each of these lives below the surface eating away at roots and significantly damaging yield and profit potential.
Rhizoctonia Inoculated untreated
Photo: Rhizoctonia
Manage and Treat
Growers should get ahead of these diseases to maximize yield potential and help crops develop with healthy, efficient root systems. Syngenta recommends the following:
  • Plant certified seed, which will have gone through the rigors of a certification process and inspection for contaminants. Older seed has lost some of its vigor, which can make it more susceptible to certain soilborne diseases.
  • When available, select varieties with genetic tolerance.
  • Monitor soil fertility levels. Balanced soil fertility is extremely important because the plant is less stressed.
  • Rotate to a non-host crop to help break the disease cycle.
  • Because soilborne diseases thrive in wet conditions, plant into well-drained soils.
  • Destroy any green residue in fields at least two weeks before planting begins to eradicate the green bridge, break disease cycles and reduce chances of soilborne pathogens carrying over from past seasons. 
  • Scout fields for symptoms of soilborne pathogens to manage diseases early.
  • Apply a seed treatment to protect crops from the start
Seed treatments, such as Vibrance® Extreme seed treatment fungicide, shield seeds from pests, thus enabling healthier, stronger root systems to develop. By applying Vibrance Extreme and Cruiser® 5FS seed treatment insecticide, protection begins the moment seeds are planted and continues as they work systemically to protect young growing plants.
©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. Cruiser®, Vibrance® and the Syngenta logo are trademarks of a Syngenta Group Company.
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