Syngenta Introduces 105 New Corn Hybrids for the 2012 Planting Season


MINNETONKA, MINN. — Syngenta, one of the world’s leading agricultural seed and crop protection providers, has introduced 105 new corn hybrids for the 2012 planting season. These include 24 new hybrids featuring the Agrisure Viptera™ 3111 trait stack, which provides breakthrough control of the broadest spectrum of above- and below-ground insects available. Syngenta has also released additional new hybrids that feature the Agrisure Viptera™ 3110 trait stack that are a good choice for areas where rootworm management is not a primary concern.

This year, growers also have access to hybrids with the Agrisure Viptera™ 3220 trait stack for reduced refuge. This trait stack offersgrowers dual modes of action against above-ground corn pests—including corn borer and corn earworm—with a five percent structured Corn Belt refuge. These hybrids are also a good choice for areas where growers are not concerned about rootworm management.  Hybrids with the reduced-refuge Agrisure 3122 trait stack are also available for the 2012 planting season and feature dual modes of action against both corn borer and corn rootworm.

These new hybrids offer growers additional choices to maximize yield performance under various growing conditions and soil types.

“This year’s hybrids provide growers with a more complete lineup of elite corn genetics for 2012, developed to provide industry-leading insect control and exceptional herbicide tolerance in corn,” said Eric Boersma, corn genetics portfolio manager, Syngenta. “With the extent of our expanded corn portfolio, growers will be able to find the hybrids necessary for maximum growth and yield in their local area.”

The 24 hybrids available with the Agrisure Viptera™ 3111 trait stack combine the Agrisure Viptera™ trait with the Agrisure® 3000GT triple stack. This breakthrough corn trait package providesan in-seed defense against the multi-pest complex, which includes black cutworm, corn earworm, fall armyworm, Western bean cutworm, dingy cutworm, stalk borer and sugarcane borer, among others. Syngenta estimates damage from these pests cost U.S. corn growers 238 million bushels of corn and over $1.4 billion in annual yield and grain quality losses.1 In recent field trials, the Agrisure Viptera 3111 trait stack nationally delivered a 7.3 bu/Aadvantage under ear-feeding insect pressure.2

Other hybrids within the new product line-ups include the Agrisure 3000GT triple stack, the Agrisure GT/CB/LL trait stack and the Agrisure GT trait. These expanded line-ups are designed to provide growers with high-yielding, genetically diverse hybrids with dependable agronomics.

Syngenta received deregulation from the USDA for the Agrisure Viptera trait in April 2010. Since then, the Agrisure Viptera trait has received approval in all key import markets, including all those markets recommended by both the NCGA and BIO. The technology has been approved for cultivation in Canada, Argentina and Brazil, and for import in the key markets of Australia, Japan, Mexico, New Zealand, the Philippines, Russia, Belarus, Kazakhstan, Indonesia, Korea and Taiwan. Syngenta applied for Chinese approval of its Agrisure Viptera trait in March 2010 (upon approval in Brazil) and currently expects to receive regulatory clearance by the end of the first quarter of 2012.

To learn more about each new hybrid’s characteristics, growers can visit or contact their Garst®or Golden Harvest®dealer or NK® retailer.