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Syngenta: Agrisure Artesian ™ Delivers Strong Performance in Drought Conditions

12/4/2012

  • Native trait enabling water optimization in corn
  • Significant yield gain in severe and extreme drought
  • Top yield potential in normal conditions

Syngenta announced today that results from expanded US field trials in 2012 have confirmed that corn hybrids with the Agrisure Artesian™ native trait outperform comparable hybrids. An average yield advantage of around 17 percent was observed across severe and extreme drought conditions.

In areas of severe drought stress, Agrisure Artesian hybrids increased yields by 12 percent. The yield gain in extreme drought conditions reached 48 percent.

Under moderate drought and in good conditions, Agrisure Artesian technology matched or exceeded the yield of comparable hybrids. This means that growers can manage the risk of drought while being assured of top yield potential in normal years.

Davor Pisk, Chief Operating Officer, said: “This summer’s drought in the USA has highlighted the importance of technology in enabling growers to deal with challenging and volatile conditions. These trials confirm that Agrisure Artesian not only delivers superior yield under drought stress, but also maximizes yield in normal conditions. It is one example of the tools we are deploying to help growers make more efficient use of natural resources.”

Agrisure Artesian is a native trait developed using proprietary technology and containing multiple genes that have been identified and selected from the corn genome itself. The genes work in complex ways to help plants use water more efficiently at every growth stage to provide season-long defense against drought.

Syngenta Graph Drought Fighting

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