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A day in the field with Syngenta's Gary Prescher

Last week, Syngenta invited Farm Industry News to a crop test site in Morgan, Minnesota, to showcase some of the company’s newest seed, seed treatments, and pesticide products in the field.  

The Morgan, MN, location is one of more than 30 Grow More Experience Sites scattered throughout the Midwest and run by Syngenta local staff. Each site consists of small sections of land that are devoted to different products used on crops.

Some of the ones shown at the Morgan site trial included:

  • Acuron, Syngenta’s newest corn herbicide. It features a new active ingredient and three complementary modes of action to target difficult broadleaf and grass weeds that the company says current products are missing.
  • BroadAxe XC herbicide, the company’s newest soybean herbicide, designed to provide growers more flexibility for soybean weed control programs.
  • Clariva Complete seed treatment, a season-long nematicide for soybean nematodes.
  • Solatenol fungicide, a new broad-spectrum active ingredient marketed under the brand name Trivapro

Gary Prescher, product development agronomist from Delavan, MN, says the Grow More Experience Sites are used for research, trialing, demonstrations, and training.

“Syngenta is working with many new products out here. From new herbicide products to new seed treatments to new traits and genetics,” Prescher says. “So what we want to do is talk you through how we are approaching the market from an integrated perspective to help growers grow better corn and soybean crops.”

“For us this year, we are focusing on residuals, which cover the gamut of production issues,” adds Prescher, citing the problems of corn rootworm, Japanese beetles, and Northern corn leaf blight. “With our current portfolio, and now, with our new products we will be releasing, we are providing for that longer residual.”

During the morning-long tour Prescher also covered where Syngenta is as a company and its focus on sustainable agriculture.

“Syngenta is a well-diversified company that is solely focused on agriculture,” Prescher says. “Our focus is on providing a sustainable production system by looking at ways to produce more with less. Syngenta also is interested in biodiversity and preserving what we have today and improving everyone’s lot in life so they can have affordable food. So, that is the 50,000 ft. view from looking at Syngenta.”

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