NK Corn and Soybeans expands its seed portfolio to offer farmers science-driven boosts in 2018.

In all, Syngenta announces the release of 31 new hybrids and 21 new varieties.

“As with all our products, the new NK hybrids and varieties originated from our proprietary pool of genetics – meaning that when growers add them to their seed portfolios, they’re adding something truly different,” says Scott Erickson, head of product marketing, soybean seed at Syngenta. “With NK, growers can plant the seeds of change. It’s a great recipe to help spread risk while maximizing opportunity.”

NK hybrids and varieties are developed with proprietary genetics and using advanced research and technology.

Corn

All 2018 NK Corn hybrids will follow the new naming system introduced earlier this year that clearly identifies hybrid relative maturity.

The Agrisure traits portfolio offers best-in-class insect control, water optimization and herbicide tolerance to protect genetic yield potential. For the 2018 season, growers will have access to eight new Agrisure Artesian hybrids and 15 new hybrids featuring the Agrisure Viptera trait. Additionally, five new hybrids featuring the Agrisure Duracade trait will be available in select geographies under a Syngenta grain-use marketing program.

“Introducing 10 new genetic families, the 2018 NK hybrids will continue to enable growers to diversify genetics across their fields,” says Joe Bollman, corn product marketing manager at Syngenta. “With greater genetic choice and proven performance, NK Corn is a worthy investment.”

In select locations, NK retailers will also offer nine new Enogen hybrids, featuring an in-seed innovation that benefits growers marketing grain to ethanol plants and those producing grain or silage for livestock feed. In the ethanol market, Enogen grain enhances the ethanol production process by improving process efficiency, while the same technology helps increase the value of corn as feed for dairy or beef cattle due to improved digestibility.

Soybeans

The 2018 class of NK Soybean varieties delivers elite genetics to protect against a range of diseases and pests including sudden death syndrome (SDS) and soybean cyst nematodes (SCN). NK Soybean varieties offer growers the industry’s best SDS ratings when compared to major competitors’ varieties, with an average 1.3-point advantage for relative maturities – a critical benefit given that there are no in-season options currently available to combat this yield-robbing disease.

In addition, 18 of the new varieties include Roundup Ready 2 Xtend trait technology.