Crop Tech - October 2018

September 27, 2018 12:54 PM
Western Corn Rootworm

Syngenta Launches Corn Insecticide

After gaining EPA registration, Syngenta Force 6.5G will be available for the 2019 growing season. It’s a high-load granular corn insecticide for corn rootworm.

Force 6.5G can be applied in a wide variety of “open” system granular application equipment and features a 50% lower dust-off rate when compared with Force 3G. It comes in a 20-acre bag and the higher-load formulation means fewer stops to refill insecticide boxes for faster planting. Learn more at

Channel Adds Disease Tolerance to Lineup

To protect farmers from five damaging diseases, Bayer is launching Channel Protexus corn for the Channel seed brand. This includes maturities from 97- to 115-day relative maturity in 14 products with a variety of trait packages.

The new products protect against anthracnose stalk rot, Goss’s wilt and leaf blight, northern corn leaf blight, gray leaf spot and southern rust in corn. It’s all genetic resistance discovered through breeding.

All five disease tolerances are in one hybrid, with the occasional exception of southern rust in some of the northern maturities. Get details at

Pioneer Line Can Use 10% Less Seed

Corteva Agrisciences’ Pioneer has a new line called acreFLEX that aims to help reduce input costs. Products in the lineup are said to achieve competitive yields, while planting 10% fewer seeds.

Products have flex ears that allow the hybrids to take full advantage of the extra room they receive with lower populations. They thereby create longer, fuller ears and have a flex rating of five or better. (In Pioneer hybrids, nine is the highest rating and one is the lowest rating.)

The company says the new hybrids have a minimum yield advantage of 2 bu. per acre versus competitors. For more information, visit

BASF Offers Soybeans With New Herbicide Traits

LibertyLink GT27 soybeans will be sold by BASF brands and licensees alike this year. The varieties include tolerance to glyphosate, glufosinate and isoxaflutole (an HPPD inhibitor)—though the latter is not approved for over-the-top use in soybeans.

“This is a brand-new technology and will be the first traits in commercial soybeans that would enable three different unique herbicides to be applied,” says Monty Malone, BASF soybean agronomy leader. “We are still waiting for approval for the HPPD inhibitors component of that triple. But the good news is we will for the first time be able to spray glyphosate, Roundup, and glufosinate, Liberty, on the same field at the same time.”

This option gives farmers more choices when it comes to weed control and allows them to switch broad-spectrum modes of action in a single season, or multiple seasons. Credenz, BASF’s branded soybeans, will include maturities from zero through four, and intends to continue adding maturities in coming years.

The company stresses the importance of following the label with this trait package and reminds farmers HPPDs are not approved for over-the-top use. In addition, the soybeans aren’t tolerant to all HPPD herbicides and, when approved, will only be used in pre-emergent applications.

He says the company is taking steps to educate farmers on proper herbicide use in light of isoxaflutole’s lack of approval. The company doesn’t want to see illegal use, but says risk is lower because this is a different kind of herbicide than those with off-target damage in recent years.

“There’s risk of injury [to the field it’s sprayed on],” Malone says. “And there are no old or generic products that would substitute this very specific chemistry.” Find more information at

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