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Herculex insect protection

Grain corn containing the Herculex I insect-protection trait has received regulatory approval for import into China, according to Dow AgroSciences. The Herculex I trait, a Bt gene, is the first in a new family of in-plant insect-protection traits for corn. This line of seed products is being developed in a research collaboration between Dow AgroSciences and Pioneer Hi-Bred International.

The companies say Herculex I protects the corn plant against European and southwestern corn borer and expands protection to include black cutworm, fall armyworm and western bean cutworm. The product also provides tolerance to Liberty herbicide.

Corn with the Herculex I trait has already received full food, feed and import approval from Japan, as well as similar approvals from the U.S. and Canada.

Dow AgroSciences and Pioneer also announce that the product names for the next generation of traits in the Herculex insect-protection family will be Herculex RW and Herculex XTRA.

According to the companies, Herculex RW will give farmers built-in protection against corn rootworm, and Herculex XTRA will combine the insect protection of Herculex I with the corn rootworm protection of Herculex RW. Introduction of corn hybrids containing Herculex RW and Herculex XTRA is anticipated for the 2006 growing season, pending regulatory approvals.

To learn more, contact Dow AgroSciences at or Pioneer Hi-Bred International at

Send grain in seven directions

The 7-Way distributor valve from Sukup Manufacturing Company allows grain to be conveyed to as many as seven different locations, reducing the number of cam-lock fittings and elbows needed. The unit works on the Sukup Cyclone pneumatic grain conveying system and can be installed horizontally or vertically on the side of a grain bin or a tower. The valve uses a telescoping sleeve with o-rings to create an airtight seal and maintain system capacity.

Contact Sukup Mfg. Co., Dept. FIN, Box 677, Sheffield, IA 50475, 641/892-4222, visit or

NK Brand seed choices for 2005

Syngenta Seeds has added 27 new corn hybrids, soybean varieties and alfalfa varieties to the NK Brand product portfolio for the 2005 growing season.

According to the company, the 13 new soybean products offer strong disease-resistance packages to protect yield potential and fit the Roundup Ready system. The new soybeans underwent a rigorous screening process to identify resistance to key pests such as soybean cyst nematode, Phytophthora root rot and iron deficiency chlorosis.

Four of the 13 new NK Brand corn hybrids include YieldGard insect protection and LibertyLink technology. Four more hybrids are recommended for refuge areas and offer LibertyLink technology. A new NutriCrop silage-only hybrid delivers high tonnage and feed quality for dairy rations.

Syngenta says its new Genoa alfalfa is good for medium- to long-term stands and offers quick recovery to maximize yield in four-cut systems.

The new Extra Edge corn hybrids, soybeans and seed options target specific end-use markets. Extra Edge corn hybrids include high extractable starch hybrids for markets such as high fructose corn syrup and dry-grind ethanol hybrids for ethanol production. High-oil and high-protein soybeans comprise the Extra Edge soybean portfolio and feature higher ranges of oil or protein.

Contact Syngenta Seeds, Dept FIN, 7500 Olson Memorial Hwy., Golden Valley, MN 55427, visit or

Monsanto's new soybeans

Asgrow and Dekalb are offering 25 new '05 Elite soybean varieties. These new varieties include high-yielding soybeans with a variety of disease resistance traits, including tolerance to Phytophthora and soybean cyst nematode, in addition to Roundup Ready varieties.

Growers can preview the '05 Elite Asgrow and Dekalb soybean varieties at field plots in locations throughout the U.S. Learn more about the new varieties and where demonstration plots can be found at

Fielder's Choice offerings

Fielder's Choice Direct offers 26 new seed corn hybrids for the 2005 growing season. Growers can select from hybrids with individual or stacked traits, including Roundup Ready, YieldGard Corn Borer, YieldGard Rootworm, YieldGard Plus, Clearfield, LibertyLink and Herculex. Many of the new hybrids for 2005 are concentrated in two maturity groups. Nine of the new products are in the 94 to 105 relative maturity group, and 14 are in the fuller-season 108 to 117 relative maturity group.

Fielder's Choice Direct also has enhanced its service offerings to include on-farm agronomic calls and multiple payment and financing options. Fielder's Choice Direct is a direct marketer of seed corn and other crop inputs.

To learn more or to request a free catalog, call 800/321-3177 or visit

New from Mycogen

Mycogen Seeds is offering 20 new grain corn hybrids and 12 new soybean varieties, available immediately. The new grain corn lineup features a variety of insect- and weed-control options, including Herculex I insect protection, LibertyLink herbicide resistance, and Roundup Ready (RR) herbicide tolerance.

The new soybean varieties feature RR traits. Varieties also offer good field tolerance to Phytophthora, drought stress tolerance and resistance to cyst nematodes.

Five new hybrids have been added to the Mycogen lineup of Processor Preferred high fermentable corn.

Contact Mycogen Seeds, Dept. FIN, 9330 Zionsville Rd., Indianapolis, IN 46268, 800/692-6436, visit or

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