Syngenta will introduce five new Hilleshög brand sugarbeet seed varieties tailored to combat regional pest issues and deliver top genetic performance for the 2016 season. Drawn from a robust genetic portfolio, the new varieties feature improved yield, disease and pest tolerance traits and help enhance stand establishment.   

Tyler Ring, sugarbeet portfolio head, Syngenta, said that farmers should discuss field history and recent variety trials to gauge how well a variety might perform from a quality and yield perspective, and to establish which disease tolerance traits are most important.”

New Hilleshög brand varieties available for 2016 

Cooperative

Hilleshög Brand

Variety Attributes

Michigan Sugar Company

NT9607RR

Nematodes, High sugar, Cercospora, Root aphids

9616RR

Nematodes, High sugar, Cercospora, Root aphids

NT9617RR

Nematodes, Root Aphids, Rhizoctonia, Aphanomyces,
Curly Top, Fusarium

Minn-Dak Farmers Cooperative

9528RR

Sugar yield, Rhizoctonia, Aphanomyces

4302RR

Rhizoctonia, Aphanomyces

Western Sugar Company
North and South

NT9617RR

Nematodes, Root Aphids, Rhizoctonia, Aphanomyces,
Curly Top, Fusarium

New Rhizoctonia-tolerant varieties will be offered to growers within the cooperatives of Minn-Dak Farmers Cooperative, and Western Sugar’s Northern and Southern regions, where Rhizoctonia continues to pose a threat to sugarbeet crops. New nematode-tolerant varieties will be offered to growers within the cooperatives of Michigan Sugar Company, and Western Sugar’s northern and southern region, where nematodes remain a threat to sugarbeet crops. 

While Rhizoctonia tolerant varieties are helpful, genetic tolerance generally does not express in young seedlings, so protection during germination and stand establishment is key. Top performing sugarbeet varieties need a strong, healthy start to optimize performance. Choosing the right seed treatment is another key to preventing Rhizoctonia and other major pests.

By planting quality Hilleshög brand seed varieties paired with the strength of Syngenta seed treatments, growers can set up their young crop for a successful season, Syngenta stresses.

For a complete list of cooperative-approved Hilleshög varieties available for 2016, visit www.syngentaseeds.com/sugarbeets.

Sugarbeet info is also available at syngenta-us.com/crops/sugarbeets.