Viptera corn being rejected by grain buyers
Any loads of grain with even minimal contamination will be rejected. There is potential for pollen drift across property lines, which means even if a farmer did not plant Agrisure Viptera hybrids and a neighbor did, harvested corn could still test positive for the trait and the corn would be rejected. China is reportedly known to have a near zero tolerance for contamination from non-approved traits in imported grain.
No official statements from the management of Bunge or CGB was found in a search about the situation, but there was no doubt about the companies’ plans to reject the grain because signs have been posted at their grain facilities. But a NGFA spokesman, Randy Gordon, was quoted as saying he doesn’t think that the two grain marketing giants will be the only companies not accepting Viptera grain.
The lack of customer communication is expected to be resolved this week per a Syngenta spokesman. Paul Minehart, head of Syngenta corporate communications in the U.S., was quoted by Kurt Lawton with DTN/The Progressive Farmer as saying, “We’re in the process of developing customer communications to ensure that growers are kept apprised of what’s going on. The key thing right now is for growers to contact their usual grain handlers. Many of them are going to accept Viptera.”
Complicating delivery of Viptera corn to ethanol facilities is the possible export of dried distillers’ grains to China; these DDGs would also be rejected per early reports from grain industry officials.
Finding buyers for the Viptera grain is the main concern at this point. Storage of the grain until China gives approval might be a partial solution, but some of the best farmers have pre-sold grain for delivery per a forward contract. Without a grain buyer, corn growers won’t be able to fulfill contracts.