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Become Part of the Energy Solution


Enogen® corn enzyme technology supports the future of renewable fuels, the strength of your local community and the profitability of your farming operation.

Enogen enables you to serve as an enzyme supplier for your local ethanol plant and provides the opportunity to earn a $0.40/bu (on average) premium for grain delivered to the ethanol plant. Growers access Enogen through a technology license with Syngenta and a production contract with an ethanol plant that has entered into a commercial agreement with Syngenta. Enogen is available in high-yielding hybrids and can be grown with existing agronomic practices.

Ethanol Grower Advantage


Approximately 40 percent of U.S. corn goes to producing ethanol.1 Syngenta offers the Ethanol Grower Advantage program to help growers increase potential for a better return on their corn investment.

By enrolling in the Ethanol Grower Advantage program, growers receive agronomic recommendations, high-yielding seed and best-in-class crop protection products, helping to produce more of the high-quality grain that ethanol plants seek.

Enrolled growers are eligible to receive up to a 10-cent premium for each bushel of Golden Harvest, NK and/or Enogen corn delivered to a participating ethanol plant.2 This complements additional premiums that can be earned by growers who plant Enogen, above the existing 40 cents per bushel premium offer (on average).

1Source: UDSA
2Growers must be enrolled in the Ethanol Grower Advantage program and apply the agronomic recommendation.

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Products in the Ethanol Grower Advantage

Value of the Technology

Enogen is a more efficient and sustainable way to produce ethanol from corn. Premiums are paid for each bushel of Enogen delivered to participating ethanol plants.

How much can Enogen impact your bottom line?
Fill in fields of this simple calculator to discover your profit potential1.

1Calculations based on Ethanol Grower Advantage premium potential offered on average from contracted ethanol plants. The $0.40/bu premium and $0.10/bu premium are not a guarantee in every instance.

Profitability Calculator
Please check the marked fields below. Each field must be a number.
Base net profitability: $0
With Enogen Corn:
Enogen net profitability: $0
Golden Harvest/NK Corn net profitability: $-
Non-Syngenta net profitability: $-
Total net profitability: $0
Profit gain: $0 or $0/acre
With Ethanol Grower Advantage Program:
Total net profitability: $0
Profit gain: $0 or $0/acre
Calculation: $.40 Enogen premium +
$.10 Golden Harvest or NK Acres Premium
No premium on other acres

Enogen Net Profitability
Revenue – Expenses = Net Profitability with the Enogen $0.40/bu premium

Golden Harvest/NK Net Profitability
Revenue – Expenses = Net Profitability with Golden Harvest or NK Corn

Non-Syngeta Net Profitability
Revenue – Expenses = Net Profitability with non-Syngenta corn

Profit gain
Additional profit gain achieved planting Enogen vs non-Enogen corn

Total net profitability
Revenue – Expenses = Net Profitability with EGA $0.10/bu premium on top of the Enogen $0.40/bu premium

Profit gain
Additional profit gain achieved for participation in EGA and planting Enogen corn vs non-Syngenta corn

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What are growers saying about Enogen?

Marc Mummelthei
Waverly, Iowa
Marc Mummelthei

“Enogen stewardship is very simple to follow. It is a very user friendly, farmer friendly program. The computer systems are fairly easy to run so really it’s just a small task to grow Enogen. ”

Jeff Sack
St. Paul, Nebraska
Jeff Sack

“This is probably our third year growing corn for ethanol. We decided to plant Enogen for the ethanol factor. Rather than depending on overseas oil, we try and raise it right here. And the 40 cent premium we got on it helps a bunch when corn’s $3.50.”

Evan Uthof
Jackson, Nebraska
Evan Uthof

“The Enogen stewardship requirements are not bad at all. You have to plant a buffer edge around the fields, you have to clean out your planter and the combine when you’re done, but for the premium that’s involved and no price difference on the seed, it’s worth it as far as we’re concerned.”

Roger Unruh
Holcomb, Kansas
Roger Unruh

“We were already planting Golden Harvest® hybrids, so the transition to Enogen was quite easy. With the premium per bushel offer, the decision to plant Enogen hybrids was a no brainer.”

Kurt Goertzen
Henderson, Nebraska
Kurt Goertzen

“Probably the biggest technology right now is Enogen, because we’re located close to some of the participating plants. This is the type of technology we’ve been looking forward to for 15 to 20 years. ”

C. J. Skinner
Hugoton, Kansas
C. J. Skinner

“I decided to plant Enogen corn to give myself a little diversity. I have stuck with the Enogen product for the past two years because it doesn’t have any yield drag and allows me the freedom to market some grain differently than what I normally do with my regular co-ops.”

Bill Janssen
Wellsburg, Iowa
Bill Janssen

“We had a nice growing season. My Enogen hybrid E111B8-3000GT brand yielded up to 238 bushels per acre and I have found that the Enogen stewardship requirements have not been an issue at all.”

Enogen Value Preservation

Enogen corn is not commodity corn. It is a high-value specialty grain for use in dry grind corn ethanol production. Syngenta has voluntarily developed a comprehensive program to mitigate potential commercial concerns about Enogen corn affecting unintended processes.

Enogen corn growers are required to follow specific yet simple stewardship requirements that include the planting of border rows around an Enogen corn field, planter cleanout, combine cleanout and reserved bin space for all Enogen grain.

Eight Steps to Stewardship
  1. Identify fields, storage and delivery months
  2. Enogen Value Preservation Training
  3. Plant Enogen corn and border rows
  4. Clean planter and complete in-season stewardship forms
  5. Harvest Enogen grain and border rows
  6. Clean combine and complete post-harvest stewardship forms
  7. Deliver Enogen grain to the ethanol plant
  8. Pass the Enogen quality test
Enogen Value Tracker

In 2015, Syngenta introduced the Enogen Value Tracker, a purple tracer that offers growers an easy, visual way to ensure border rows are planted and grain is properly segregated from planting to delivery. The Enogen Value Tracker is designed to make a simple protocol even easier.

stewardship-corn-kernals Benefits:
  • Simplifies grain tracking
  • Further reduces the opportunity for misdirection of Enogen corn
  • Provides for easy identification of border rows at planting

Manage your stewardship requirements with ease using GrowMore360, a convenient online tool for Enogen grain and stewardship contract management.


2016-17 Chief & Syngenta Rebate Offer

To help you preserve grain quality and improve return on investment, Chief Agri/Industrial Division is providing rebates on grain bins, metal buildings and grain handling equipment through an agreement with Syngenta. Stiffened bins from Chief Agri/Industrial Division are available in sizes ideal for on-farm use and offer growers all the features that have created the grain bins’ reputation for superior strength, durability and ease of installation.

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How to find an Enogen Seed Guide

For information about the Enogen hybrids best-suited for your needs along with complete corn and soybean product information in our area-specific seed guides. Select below for retailer or seed advisor options.

Golden Harvest Hybrids

Dowload your local Golden Harvest® seed guide for more information or contact your local Seed Advisor.

Golden Harvest Hybrids

Download your local NK® seed guide for more information or contact an NK Retailer.


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