Agrisure Viptera Trait Performed in 2016

Last season, the Syngenta in-seed trait protected corn hybrids against damaging insects that threatened to destroy corn grain quality and yield.

In 2016, hybrids containing the Agrisure Viptera® trait demonstrated effective control of above-ground insects in the wake of unexpected insect outbreaks across the Corn Belt. In contrast, when faced with pressure from corn earworm, western bean cutworm and other above-ground insects, hybrids with competitive traits had damaged ears and stalks, which resulted in lower quality grain and diminished yields.

“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.”

"Our grain quality from hybrids with Agrisure Viptera was phenomenal compared to hybrids without the trait."

Mike Laux
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.

“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.

Competitor comparison: Hybrid with Agrisure Viptera vs. Hybrid without Agrisure Viptera in Shelton, Nebraska, September 2016

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.

Competitor comparison: Agrisure Viptera vs. Competitive Trait 1 vs. Competitive Trait 2
“We’re looking forward to seeing how well the Agrisure Viptera trait performs in 2017,” Tzafrir says.