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January 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.

Drought Stress has Met its Match

Jan 17, 2013

The worst drought in more than 50 years has caused problems for corn growers across the country this season. Harsh conditions resulted in wilted plants, aborted kernels and decreased yields.

Corn growers can combat moisture stress with help from Agrisure Artesian™ technology from Syngenta. Backed by scientifically selected genes delivered in proven, high-performing hybrids, Agrisure Artesian technology is built-in protection against drought. Agrisure Artesian helps corn plants defend against drought all season-long, including vegetative growth phase and the grain fill phase.

"I have seen a stark contrast between hybrids with Agrisure Artesian technology and base hybrids in the field," said Nicole Forsberg, an independent seed adviser from Illinois. "Hybrids with Agrisure Artesian technology stayed green longer, were the last to curl up, if at all, and had larger ears with kernel fill all the way to the tip."

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Competitive hybrid (left) vs. a hybrid with Agrisure Artesian technology (right)

In more than 1,100 on-farm trials across the Midwest, hybrids with the Agrisure Artesian technology produced 16.8% higher yields under severe and extreme drought stress compared to the plot average.  In cases of extreme drought conditions, hybrids with Agrisure Artesian technology produced yields of 48.4% versus the plot average. These hybrids, in some cases, nearly doubled the yield of hybrids without the Agrisure Artesian trait.

Hybrids with Agrisure Artesian technology maximize yield when it rains and increase yield when it doesn’t. The technology helps corn plants use moisture more efficiently, resulting in higher yields in drought-stressed areas, and stabilized yields during years of inconsistent rainfall or in soils with less moisture-holding capacity.

As we know from the 2012 growing season, drought can be a very serious threat to corn. Growers should consider planting hybrids with Agrisure Artesian technology to help them grow more corn and protect crops from water stress during any growth stage.

©2013 Syngenta. Important: Always read and follow all bag tag and label instructions before buying or using Syngenta products. The instructions contain important conditions of sale, including limitations of warranty and remedy.

Crops or other material produced from Agrisure Corn Traits products can only be exported to, used, processed and/or sold in countries where all necessary regulatory approvals have been granted.
Agrisure Artesian™ is a trademark of a Syngenta Group Company.

A stronger 2013 crop with Force insecticide

Jan 15, 2013
Increased populations of corn insects, like corn rootworm, across the Midwest in 2012 have caused many growers to reevaluate their insect management strategy for the 2013 season. Heavy corn rootworm pressure has led farmers to consider additional protection on their rootworm-traited corn hybrids. With the application of Force® soil insecticide, growers can add an additional mode of action against corn rootworm and maintain a stronger, healthier crop.
"In areas where corn rootworm populations are expected to be heavy, a Force application on top of rootworm-traited corn provides growers with an additional mode of action for corn rootworm control, leading to stronger, more developed root systems and healthier plants that are better prepared to fight off disease and increased stress levels," says Craig Abell, Syngenta crop specialist.
Along with the ability to manage heavy rootworm pressures, applying Force over a trait has proven yield advantages. Hundreds of Syngenta trials across the Midwest have shown Force consistently increases yield by an average of more than 10 bushels per acre when applied over the top of rootworm-traited corn.
This practice can also manage other early-season pests such as cutworms, white grubs and wireworms that the trait alone may not control, providing the added protection needed to maximize yield.
Abell explains, "By utilizing a soil-applied insecticide like Force, you’re going to get optimum early-season insect control and enhance your corn’s performance. Syngenta recommends growers consider Force insecticide to protect their trait investment, preserve the technology and maximize their crops’ productivity." 

To learn more about how Force insecticide applied to traited hybrids can help you grow more corn, visit or 

©2013 Syngenta. Important: Always read and follow all bag tag and label instructions before buying or using Syngenta products. The instructions contain important conditions of sale, including limitations of warranty and remedy. Some crop protection products and seed treatments may not be registered for sale or use in all states or counties. Please check with your state or local extension service before buying or using Syngenta products. Force CS and Force 3G are Restricted Use Pesticides. Force® is a registered trademark of a Syngenta Group Company.


Fungicide Early (V4-V8) Benefits Corn

Jan 14, 2013

In a new video created by Syngenta, Andrew Fisher, commercial product lead for Quilt Xcel® fungicide, discusses the benefits of Quilt Xcel early (V4-V8) applications in corn to shield against plant stress. Fisher outlines the key benefits provided by Quilt Xcel early applications: enhanced plant growth and greening, better root development, stress tolerance in dry weather, improved harvestability, delayed senescence for extended grain fill and delayed disease progression.

Watch the video to learn more about the value of an early season Quilt Xcel application.
For more information please visit the Quilt Xcel homepage.

Corn on the right was treated with Quilt Xcel at V5 and the left was untreated.
Quilt Xcel treated corn shows enhanced plant growth and greening.

Plant Performance assumes the presence of disease pressure.
© 2012 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®, the Alliance Frame, the Purpose Icon and the Syngenta logo are trademarks of a Syngenta Group Company.

Syngenta Puts the E-Z in Refuge

Jan 11, 2013

 Planting corn hybrids containing Bt traits is a popular grower solution to control pests, improve quality of corn and decrease use of pesticides. The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) requires all fields with Bt crops to have refuge areas to help prevent the development of insect resistance. A refuge area includes non-Bt corn seed in addition to the Bt seed.

The industry trend is toward making traits available as "integrated refuge" solutions. "Single bag, integrated refuge delivers the utmost convenience for farmers, allowing them to more easily comply with refuge requirements while helping manage against the development of resistant insects due to the use of multiple modes of action," said Jill Wenzel, Syngenta product lead for commercial traits.

Syngenta has two traits stacks available as single bag, integrated refuge. Each package contains five percent seed of a hybrid without Bt traits and 95 percent seed of a corn hybrid with insect control technology. Both seed hybrids in the bag feature tolerance to glyphosate herbicides.

Agrisure Viptera™ 3220 E-Z Refuge™ trait stack is a targeted solution for corn growers in regions where corn rootworm management is not a primary concern. It offers dual modes of action for control of multiple above-ground lepidopteran pests and corn borer and features the breakthrough Agrisure Viptera trait for best-in-class control of the multi pest complex.

Agrisure® 3122 E-Z Refuge trait stack is intended for use in areas where both corn rootworm and lepidopteran pest management are primary concerns, including corn-on-corn acres. Packages contain dual modes of action against both corn borer and corn rootworm.

Agrisure Viptera 3220 E-Z Refuge and Agrisure 3122 E-Z Refuge trait stacks are available for the 2013 planting season from Syngenta seed brands Garst®, Golden Harvest® and NK®.

©2013 Syngenta. Important: Always read and follow all bag tag and label instructions before buying or using Syngenta products. The instructions contain important conditions of sale, including limitations of warranty and remedy.

Agrisure®, Agrisure Viptera™, E-Z Refuge™, Garst®, Golden Harvest®, and NK®, are trademarks of a Syngenta Group Company.

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