GREENSBORO, N.C. -- Syngenta Seedcare(TM) announced Ryan McGruder, a rice grower from Wynne, Ark., as the grand-prize winner of the CruiserMaxx Rice Sweepstakes, which celebrated the recent launch of CruiserMaxx(R) Rice, the first insecticide/fungicide seed treatment combination for rice. McGruder will receive a commissioned painting of his farm by renowned artist Bucky Bowles.

"When I found out I won, I was in shock," said McGruder. "I’ve never been very lucky at any kind of contest. I was especially honored to be chosen as the winner of a sweepstakes that introduced a new seed treatment product combination and allowed growers to see Syngenta is not only focused on cotton, corn and soybeans but also involved in the rice industry. CruiserMaxx Rice will have a beneficial effect on the rice industry, enabling growers to control the seedling pests that have affected their areas for many years."

Gus Lorenz, Ph.D., professor and entomologist at the University of Arkansas, said, "Two primary causes of poor plant stand are grape colaspis and rice water weevil. Seed treatments have proven effective at controlling rice water weevil, and CruiserMaxx Rice specifically offers the most comprehensive protection against grape colaspis. Out of 33 trials with CruiserMaxx Rice, I observed an average increase of approximately nine bushels per acre. Eighty-one percent of the time, I also saw a positive yield return."

CruiserMaxx Rice is the latest in a long line of revolutionary seed treatment offerings from Syngenta Seedcare. It is a combination of separately registered products, including Cruiser(R) seed treatment insecticide and Dynasty(R), Maxim(R) 4FS and Apron XL(R) seed-delivered fungicides. As the first insecticide/fungicide seed treatment for use on rice, CruiserMaxx Rice offers growers, like McGruder, superior and convenient protection against early-season insects, such as grape colaspis, rice water weevil, chinch bugs and thrips, as well as early-season seed- and soil-borne diseases.

Seventy-five second-place winners will receive a signed and numbered print of the McGruder Farm painting and were registered to win one of 50 Rich-N-Tone Steel Shot Short Barrel duck calls, the same brand used by world-champion duck caller Mike Anderson. All participants also could download a free ringtone of Mike Anderson using his Rich-N-Tone duck call as well as a free screensaver.

SOURCE: Syngenta Seedcare.