Syngenta Launches ’09 AgriEdge Program

AgriEdge Programs offer incentives for growers who plant NK Brand Soybeans with the Roundup Ready trait and Garst, Golden Harvest, or NK Seeds corn hybrids with one or more Agrisure traits, and then apply Syngenta Crop Protection products.

“AgriEdge Programs are unique among seed and crop protection company incentive programs because the rewards are based on high-yielding agronomic practices,” says Pat Steiner, agribusiness corn lead for Syngenta.

Early-season weed control is a major focus of the 2009 AgriEdge Corn Program, with an incentive of $8.40 (based on a planting rate of 2.8 acres/unit) per unit available to growers who use Lumax, Lexar, Halex GT, Camix, Bicep II Magnum, or Bicep Lite II Magnum residual herbicides on at least 36 units of corn hybrids that contain an Agrisure trait and Cruiser Extreme 250 or Cruiser Extreme 1250 seed treatment.

“Year in and year out, research demonstrates substantial yield advantages from minimizing early-season weed competition with pre-emergence herbicides in corn,” says Steiner. “We’re expecting an even bigger benefit in 2009 given the above-average number of weeds that went to seed in 2008 due to weather-related herbicide delays and rain-fed weed flushes. Moving forward, we expect that pre-emergence herbicides will continue to be valuable as problem weeds become more tolerant to post-applications of glyphosate.”

Additional AgriEdge Corn Program incentives are available for using Touchdown Total, Touchdown HiTech, or Callisto herbicides, Quilt fungicide, and/or Force 3G or Force CS insecticides.

A key highlight of the 2009 AgriEdge Soybean Program is a $5 per unit incentive (based on a planting rate of 1.2 units/acre) specifically for growers who plant a minimum of 120 units of NK Brand Soybeans treated with a CruiserMaxx Beans brand insecticide/fungicide seed treatment. “We’ve seen a significant agronomic benefit when using CruiserMaxx Beans seed treatment to protect against seedling blights and insects that pose a greater threat to soybeans in the cool, wet environment of early-planted soils,” says Steve Knodle, agribusiness soybean lead for Syngenta. “Multi-year studies† have shown a 5.5 bushel per acre advantage between treated and non-treated soybeans.”

Additional incentives are available for using Prefix preemergence herbicide, Touchdown Total, or Touchdown HiTech glyphosate herbicides, and/or Quadris fungicide.

The 2009 AgriEdge Program Use Guide is available from authorized Garst, Golden Harvest, and NK Seeds dealers or crop protection retailers and can be downloaded from the Web.

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