New Trait Still a Go in the U.S. but Won’t Be Planted in Canada

March 20, 2014 08:01 AM
New Trait Still a Go in the U.S. but Won’t Be Planted in Canada

Between 250,000 and 300,000 acres of corn with Agrisure Duracade are expected to be planted in the U.S. this spring.

U.S. farmers gearing up to plant corn hybrids containing the new Agrisure Duracade trait this spring will be required to sign a Syngenta stewardship agreement, according to a statement issued online by the National Grain and Feed Association (NGFA).

Agrisure Duracade expresses a new Bt Cry protein, eCry3.1Ab, for corn rootworm control. It is included in the Syngenta trait stacks, Agrisure Duracade 5121 and Agrisure Duracade 5222, for single bag refuge products.

In January, the NGFA and North American Export Grain Association (NAEGA) had sent a joint letter to Syngenta asking the company to halt the commercialization of hybrids containing Agrisure Duracade, as well as its hybrids containing the Agrisure Viptera trait, MIR 162, until regulatory authorization was achieved with all major export markets, such as China.

The full details of the NGFA statement and the protocols it says U.S. farmers will be asked to follow this season by Syngenta are available here.

Between 250,000 and 300,000 acres of corn with the trait are expected to be planted in the U.S. this spring.

Canadian farmers will not be planting corn hybrids with the new Agrisure Duracade trait in 2014, according to a notice sent to Syngenta seed dealers and obtained by Reuters last week. According to Reuters, the company says it has stopped commercial sale of corn with the trait in Canada since "some major importers have not yet approved it." The company is making arrangements for any seed Canadian farmers have purchased to be returned.

Here in the U.S., Syngenta is partnering with Gavilon Grain LLC, which says it will accept Agrisure Duracade grain at market price while providing stewardship and distribution services for producers.

Archer Daniels Midland Co., Bunge Ltd. and Consolidated Grain and Barge Co. have said they will not accept grain with the new trait until all major export markets are approved.

The National Corn Growers Association (NCGA) has issued a statement encouraging farmers to read their grower agreements and communicate with their grain buyers before planting. The association has also released a revised version of its "Know Before You Grow" website to help keep corn producers up-to-date on trait approval developments.


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