New NK® Corn and Soybeans offer growers science-driven boost to seed portfolios

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New NK® Corn and Soybeans offer growers science-driven boost to seed portfolios

  • NK hybrids and varieties are developed using advanced research and technology for high-performing crops with maximum yield potential
  • Proprietary genetics make NK products truly unique, offering a strong addition to any corn or soybean lineup
MINNETONKA, Minn., USA, July 25, 2017 – The NK® seeds portfolio is expanding to offer growers more cutting-edge options in 2018, with Syngenta announcing the release of 31 new hybrids and 21 new varieties.

They reflect a continued investment by Syngenta in advancing the retail seeds industry. All NK Corn and Soybeans are driven by the latest scientific advances, with researchers using a complex system of analytics that helps to pinpoint and develop the characteristics most likely to help growers maximize yields. The result is a range of hybrids and varieties that delivers results.

“As with all our products, the new NK hybrids and varieties originated from our proprietary pool of genetics – meaning that when growers add them to their seed portfolios, they’re adding something truly different,” said Scott Erickson, head of product marketing, soybean seed at Syngenta. “With NK, growers can plant the seeds of change. It’s a great recipe to help spread risk while maximizing opportunity.”

The 2018 class of NK Soybean varieties delivers elite genetics to protect against a range of diseases and pests including sudden death syndrome (SDS) and soybean cyst nematodes (SCN). NK Soybean varieties offer growers the industry’s best SDS ratings when compared to major competitors’ varieties, with an average 1.3-point advantage for relative maturities – a critical benefit given that there are no in-season options currently available to combat this yield-robbing disease.

In addition, 18 of the new varieties include Roundup Ready 2 Xtend® trait technology, offering growers another tool to manage against weed resistance.

Many of the new NK Corn hybrids are similarly backed by advanced, high-performing traits and technologies. The Agrisure® traits portfolio offers best-in-class insect control, water optimization and herbicide tolerance to protect genetic yield potential. For the 2018 season, growers will have access to eight new Agrisure Artesian® hybrids and 15 new hybrids featuring the Agrisure Viptera® trait. Additionally, five new hybrids featuring the Agrisure Duracade® trait will be available in select geographies under a Syngenta grain-use marketing program.

“Introducing 10 new genetic families, the 2018 NK hybrids will continue to enable growers to diversify genetics across their fields,” said Joe Bollman, corn product marketing manager at Syngenta. “With greater genetic choice and proven performance, NK Corn is a worthy investment.”

All 2018 NK Corn hybrids will follow the new naming system introduced earlier this year that clearly identifies hybrid relative maturity.

In select locations, NK retailers will also offer nine new Enogen® hybrids, featuring an in-seed innovation that benefits growers marketing grain to ethanol plants and those producing grain or silage for livestock feed. In the ethanol market, Enogen grain enhances the ethanol production process by improving process efficiency, while the same technology helps increase the value of corn as feed for dairy or beef cattle due to improved digestibility.

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