Artesian corn hybrids may help growers manage 2014 season
Martin points to the use of Managed Stress Environment (MSE) trials as the greatest differentiator in development and testing when comparing Artesian corn hybrids to the competition.
MSEs are research sites established by Syngenta at locations in North and South America where the prospect of in-season rainfall is highly unlikely. This lack of rainfall enables researchers to precisely control how much water plants receive and at what growth stages the water is administered through a sophisticated irrigation and monitoring system.
As Martin explained, “The ability to control water with such precision and simulate varying levels of drought—at specific growth stages—helps us understand how plants respond to stress at the gene level.”
The identification of multiple specific genes—representing multiple different modes of action to help protect plants against drought and optimize water all season long—led to the development of Artesian corn hybrids.
“Once identified and validated, the best versions of these genes, which are naturally found in the corn genome, are used to develop Artesian corn hybrids,” said Martin. “These elite genetics produce a class of hybrid that can deliver top-end yields whether the crop receives enough water or not.”
Artesian corn hybrids are available through Golden Harvest and NK seed brands and through licensing agreements with independent seed companies. Artesian corn hybrids are widely available for planting in most areas of the Corn Belt for the 2014 season, with the portfolio of Artesian hybrids expanding significantly in 2015 and beyond.
1For this research, Syngenta defines a yield environment of 50-99 bu/A as “Severe” and fewer than 50 bu/A as “Extreme”.
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