52 New Corn Hybrids for 2015

Latest class of Golden Harvest and NK corn hybrids features new sets of genetics.
52 New Corn Hybrids for 2015
Syngenta will offer U.S. growers 52 new Golden Harvest® and NK® corn hybrids for the 2015 growing season. The hybrids are the result of new combinations, a broader genetic pool and an innovative digital breeding process that has allowed Syngenta genetics to achieve the fastest rate of genetic gain over the past seven years.

The 2015 class incorporates many new sets of genetics that offer a range of maturities and include hybrids with key agronomic characteristics, such as standability, disease tolerance and adaptability to many different soil types, which offers an expanding series of options for all corn-growing areas.

"Growers seek consistency, top performance and high yields, all of which this new class of corn hybrids from Syngenta is designed to provide," says Eric Boersma, head of corn seed product management at Syngenta. "It is the next step in adding to an already successful portfolio that collectively out-yielded major competitors in a majority of nearly 15,000 national yield comparisons in 2013.1"

The 2015 class includes new-to-market genetics, as well as proven traits and technologies that offer protection against a range of yield-robbing pests and crop stresses.

  • Thirteen hybrids feature Agrisure Artesian® genetics with scientifically selected genes that provide multiple modes of action for season-long drought protection. Artesian™ corn hybrids convert water to grain more effectively than other hybrids, maximizing yield when it rains and increasing yield when it doesn’t. Available in combination with best-in-class insect control and herbicide-tolerance traits, Artesian corn hybrids fit almost any production environment and help growers achieve more consistent yields. Artesian corn hybrids are designated by an "A" at the end of the hybrid number.
  • The Agrisure Duracade® trait is featured in 18 of the new hybrids. This technology delivers unmatched control of corn rootworm, which is estimated to cost U.S. farmers more than $1 billion in yield losses and treatment costs each year. According to USDA data, the Agrisure Duracade trait reduces beetle emergence by 99.97 percent, which is the highest reported reduction of any corn rootworm defense product available.2
  • The Agrisure Viptera® trait, incorporated in 23 of the new hybrids, provides unsurpassed control of the multi-pest complex including corn earworm and black cutworm. Trait stacks with Agrisure Viptera also have been shown to protect corn crops against the development of mycotoxins for maximum grain quality.
  • The 2015 class also will feature six new Enogen® corn hybrids. Enogen corn technology, available only from Syngenta, is the industry's only corn trait bioengineered specifically to enhance ethanol production. It enables ethanol plants to purchase alpha amylase enzyme in the form of high quality grain directly from local farmers, increase ethanol yield and throughput, and decrease costs associated with natural gas, electricity, water and chemical usage. Enogen corn hybrids are sold by select Syngenta Seed Advisors and NK retailers and available to growers under contract, which requires specific grain segregation and stewardship.

"Thanks to this combination of breakout genetics and breakthrough traits and technologies, the Syngenta portfolio offers something to help all farmers grow more corn in 2015," Boersma says.

1In 14,977 national yield comparisons during the 2013 harvest season, Golden Harvest and NK elite corn hybrids out-yielded major competitors by an average of +3.0 bu/A, winning 61 percent of the time.

2Mortality Impact of Bt Transgenic Maize Roots Expressing eCry3.1Ab, mCry3A, and eCry3.1Ab Plus mCry3A on Western Corn Rootworm Larvae in the Field. Bruce E. Hibbard, Daniel L. Frank, Ryan Kurtz, Eric Boudreau, Mark R. Ellersieck, and J. Frederick Odhiambo. Journal of Economic Entomology, 2011. 104 (5). 1583-1591.