On The Road: Corn Nematode Education

Syngenta Seed Careâ„¢ is promoting education about corn nematodes by hitting the roadways with a 70-foot “Traveling Nematode” that will be prominently positioned atop a trailer and will journey throughout the Midwestern United States to bring attention to a growing concern for corn growers in the Midwest.

“In recent years, there has been an increase in corn-on-corn and no-till or reduced tillage, as well as the removal of in-furrow organophosphate and carbamate insecticides from corn production,” says Mark Jirak, Syngenta Seed Care crop manager. “These changing production practices are contributing to an environment in which corn nematodes can become yield-limiting pests. It is important for Midwestern corn growers to understand that nematode populations may be more prevalent than they realize, and nematode damage can dramatically affect profitability.”

Because nematodes are a relatively new concern, Syngenta Seed Care recognizes the need for corn nematode education. The trailer will feature taglines including: “Your corn nematode problem is bigger than you think” and “CAUTION: Nematodes stop at all cornfields.” Throughout its travels, the “Traveling Nematode” will be part of the effort to help teach the industry about corn nematodes.

The trailer will visit industry events, tradeshows, plot tours and many other venues. In addition to spreading the word about corn nematodes, the “Traveling Nematode” will showcase the latest product combination from Syngenta Seed Care — Avicta Complete Corn.

New for the 2010 season, Avicta Complete Corn is a seed treatment combination that teams Avicta seed treatment nematicide with Cruiser seed treatment insecticide and Apron XL, Maxim XL and Dynasty seed treatment fungicides to offer corn growers the only triple protection against nematodes, early-season insects and diseases.

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