Artesian corn hybrids may help growers manage 2014 season
As growers across the Corn Belt embark on a new season, the age-old challenge of growing corn remains the same. Water, the most critical input to producing a successful crop, is variable and unpredictable in its availability from field to field, and even acre to acre. While variable rainfall may affect yields this season, growers can better manage weather conditions and optimize the conversion of water to grain by planting Artesian corn hybrids from Syngenta.
“While corn growers may not be able to predict how much rainfall they will get during the season or when they will get it, they can be assured that the crop they plant will make the most of the water it receives,” said Duane Martin, Ph.D., Syngenta product lead, commercial traits. “Artesian corn hybrids can help growers maximize yield by converting more water from the soil into more bushels of corn, compared to other hybrids. And even if weather and water conditions are optimal, Artesian corn hybrids have been proven to yield with the best in the industry, helping farmers grow more corn in almost any situation.”
Artesian corn hybrids represent an elite class of high-performing hybrids that are widely adapted across the Corn Belt and can help growers achieve more consistent corn production and profit potential on virtually any acre. These hybrids contain scientifically selected genes that provide multiple modes of action for season-long drought protection.
In 2013, Artesian corn hybrids were put to the test in more than 2,500 plots, bringing the total number of on-farm trials conducted since 2010 to more than 4,000.
Artesian corn hybrids have consistently matched or exceeded the yield of comparable hybrids in optimal growing conditions or under moderate drought stress. Under severe and extreme drought stress, Artesian corn hybrids have outperformed trial averages by nearly 14 percent over the past four years.1 In cases of extreme drought stress, Artesian corn hybrids have produced 40 percent higher yields compared to the plot average. The trial database included Syngenta and competitor hybrids with and without drought tolerance technology.
Instances of variable rainfall during the past four growing seasons abound—and Artesian corn hybrids have performed in spite of these challenges. “Before the real-world test of the 2012 drought, the question that was top-of-mind for growers and the agricultural community was, ‘Do Artesian corn hybrids work?’” said Martin. “These days, growers know Artesian corn hybrids work, and are looking deeper into the technology to understand why they work—and how this technology can help their farming enterprise.”
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