Top-yielding NK® Genetics Pave Way to Profits

NK Seeds, retailers partner to provide Productivity Solutions™ initiative for maximum yield

GOLDEN VALLEY, MINN. — Feb. 11, 2008 — It’s that time of year again. Growers are flooded with performance claims about seeds, herbicides, insect control, tillage practices, planting dates and more. Like campaign promises in an election year, product claims can be overwhelming.

Many turn to trusted local retailers to sort the wheat from the chaff and select the best combination of products and practices to maximize yield. Recognizing this critical service, NK Seeds has renewed its commitment to local retailers through its Productivity Solutions™ initiative.

“Good seed genetics is the foundation for a successful crop, and working with a good retailer is the foundation for a successful year,” said Chris Hoffmann, soybean crop manager, NK Seeds. “Focusing on our Productivity Solutions initiative to achieve high-yielding results at harvest, we’re working with our retail partners to combine their local expertise with the NK and Syngenta product portfolio to provide solutions to growers.”

It’s a partnership that works for the grower, according to retailer Randy Rodgers of Service and Supply Co-op in New Florence, Mo.

“Our mutual goal is to provide complete and more productive solutions to growers,” Rodgers said. “Our customers rely on us year after year to make the best recommendations, and we, in turn, rely on our relationships with NK Seeds and Syngenta for access to quality hybrids and varieties, as well as superior crop protection products and seed treatments.”

Like many NK retail partners, Service and Supply Co-op offers a line-up of fertility, application, soil testing and agronomic services to provide full service for growers.

Selecting Seeds That Yield

“Each year, seed buying decisions become more complicated, and unique challenges arise in each field,” Rodgers said. “A wide range of quality options from NK and Syngenta allows us to use our agronomic knowledge to customize product recommendations for every acre.”

In 2007 trials, NK® Brand soybeans continued to out-yield major competitive products in 76 percent of more than 18,000 yield comparisons. Over the last three years, trials also demonstrated NK Brand soybeans deliver more consistent yields, achieving 60-plus bu/A twice as often as competitors.

“The documented NK Brand soybean yield advantage can make a real difference on the bottom line,” Hoffmann said. “For example, top-performers S21-N6 Brand and S39-A3 Brand out-yielded competitive varieties by an average of 2.7 bushels per acre.” With soybeans priced at $13/bu, that could mean as much as a $35-per-acre advantage.

Plus, NK Brand soybeans feature superior soybean cyst nematode and sudden death syndrome resistance, and proven agronomic packages to combat regional pests, including Phytophthora root rot, iron deficiency chlorosis, frog-eye leaf spot and white mold.

Growers can complement their soybean acres with the elite germplasm of NK corn hybrids.

“For 2008 planting, growers can select from an unprecedented amount of new options with trusted NK genetics, Agrisure® traits and stacks,” said Marshall Kostiuk, corn crop manager, NK Seeds. “Developed through the strong Syngenta pipeline, they add even more freedom of choice for insect control and weed management options to the already strong portfolio.”

In field trials conducted by Syngenta in 2007, NK hybrids provided more yield more often than competitive hybrids, according to Kostiuk. Top-performing NK hybrids with the Agrisure CB/LL/RW traits included N72D, N60-G7 and N60-B4.

By starting with high-quality NK genetics and working with their retailer to identify other Productivity Solutions, growers can pave the way to higher yields and revenue.

NK is a trusted hybrid corn, soybean and alfalfa seed supplier with more than 100 years of service in the marketplace. Backed by the resources and research of Syngenta™, NK provides customers top-performing genetics, trait choices and flexible Productivity Solutions™ for maximum yield and profit, delivered through retail-based partnerships. Located in Golden Valley, Minn., NK is a business unit of Syngenta Seeds, Inc.

Syngenta is a world-leading agribusiness committed to sustainable agriculture through innovative research and technology. The company is a leader in crop protection, and ranks third in the high-value commercial seeds market. Sales in 2007 were approximately $9.2 billion. Syngenta employs over 21,000 people in more than 90 countries. Syngenta is listed on the Swiss stock exchange (SYNN) and in New York (SYT). Further information is available at