This year, Agricomseeds is offering its first natural corn trait focused on increasing yield. Leadgrain, the new trait, uses multiple genes to more than double ovules at the cob matrix, which leads to ear expansion for more kernels per plant.

Discovery and development of natural non-GMO traits is different from producing transgenic traits. Instead of inserting desired traits or changes, improvements must be achieved through crosses and breeding. Agricomseeds worked on Leadgrain for 12 years prior to launch.

The company says Leadgrain increases corn yield 35% to 50%. Farmers can plant Leadgrain in areas with high temperature stress at populations as low as 24,000 plants per acre. Typical recommendations increase populations to 30,000 plants per acre during heat stress. 

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