Agrisure Viptera Trait Performed in 2016
“Growers face tough decisions when selecting hybrids and trait technologies,” says Iris Tzafrir, commercial traits product lead at Syngenta. “Growers concerned about input costs may consider hybrids with little to no insect control, but they are taking a big gamble on the success of their crop. Choosing hybrids with insect control traits, such as Agrisure Viptera, can help defend a valuable seed investment against unpredictable pest pressure throughout the growing season.”
Last year, the Agrisure Viptera trait protected hybrids from damaging outbreaks of Western bean cutworm and corn earworm, among others. In New Baden, Illinois, for example, grower and Golden Harvest Seed Advisor™ Mike Laux experienced heavy corn earworm pressure, along with occurrences of cutworm and armyworm.
"Our grain quality from hybrids with Agrisure Viptera was phenomenal compared to hybrids without the trait."
“The earworm pressure was very strong,” Laux says. “But everywhere we had hybrids with Agrisure Viptera, we kept the earworm out, which kept the ear molds out. Our grain quality from hybrids with Agrisure Viptera was phenomenal compared to hybrids without the trait.”
In Shelton, Nebraska, an outbreak of Western bean cutworm caused ear damage and led to the development of harmful molds and mycotoxins that reduced grain quality. In this area, ears from hybrids with the Agrisure Viptera trait were noticeably healthier, with more kernels and no visible insect damage, when compared to hybrids without the Agrisure Viptera trait.
Further east in Columbia, Missouri, the Agrisure Viptera trait proved its effectiveness against corn earworm. In Syngenta trials, hybrids with the Agrisure Viptera 3111 trait stack withstood corn earworm feeding and delivered higher-quality grain than competitors.
“We’re looking forward to seeing how well the Agrisure Viptera trait performs in 2017,” Tzafrir says.
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