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Syngenta maintains WBC trait advantage

Western bean cutworm is considered to be the most economically harmful to Ontario’s corn crop.
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Syngenta’s NK seed brand continues to expand its corn offerings, including more hybrids with its Viptera trait — the only one effective against western bean cutworm.

Western bean cutworm is the insect pest considered to be the most economically harmful to Ontario’s corn crop and companies are scrambling to get the Viptera trait into their hybrids. NK already has the Viptera trait in a range of hybrids because Syngenta owns it.

NK has packages that allow farmers to choose between above-ground insect protection, below-ground insect protection, or both, said Gustavo Gonzalez Roelants, the company’s corn product placement specialist, during the recent Syngenta Media Summit.

Agrisure Viptera is the company’s above-ground trait protection system and Agrisure Duracade is for below-ground use.

NK is the only company in the market with above- and below-ground protection including western bean cutworm protection, said Gonzalez Roelants.

Syngenta’s NK brand also continues to roll out more options in its soybean lineup.

Matt Hooyer, soybeans product placement specialist, said the company believes the strength of its germplasm allows it to move new traits into its lineup, including Enlist E3 and Roundup Ready2 Xtend with glufosinate resistance, without sacrificing resistance to diseases.

“We can be nimble in herbicide traits without sacrificing defensive traits,” he said.

For example, 52 per cent of the company’s Enlist E3 soybeans have the Rps3a genetic package that includes resistance to Phytophthora root rot.

Screening for diseases continues to be a focus, whether it includes Phytophthora root rot, white mould or sudden death syndrome, said Hooyer.

The company has launched several new soybean varieties including S12-M5X, S20-E3, S18-K2X and S12-J7, all with the Rps3a defensive trait package and available in E3, Xtend and conventional options.

Syngenta also puts particular focus on its foodgrade soybean varieties.

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