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Crop roundup: multi-hybrid planter

New wheat herbicide,
new sorghum and corn hybrids, multi-hybrid planter,
and new partnerships all on the horizon. 

Zidua herbicide receives federal registration for wheat
BASF announced that Zidua herbicide has received federal registration from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency for spring and winter wheat.

Zidua herbicide provides wheat growers with a tool to fight tough to control weeds like Italian ryegrass, annual bluegrass and canarygrass. In addition, Zidua herbicide suppresses many broadleaf and grasses in wheat including brome species, wild oat, foxtail species, kochia, pigweed, chickweed, henbit and wild mustard. Zidua herbicide was previously registered only for use in corn and soybeans.

Zidua herbicide utilizes a unique class of chemistry – pyroxasulfone. More than 10 years of research and field trials by BASF have demonstrated that Zidua herbicide provides excellent residual control of resistant weeds like Italian ryegrass.

“Wheat growers now have access to a new residual tool for long-lasting weed control with Zidua herbicide,” said Greg Armel, Technical Market Manager, BASF. “The pyroxasulfone in Zidua herbicide helps control Italian ryegrass weed populations, even those populations resistant to ALS-inhibitor and ACCase herbicides.”

Zidua herbicide is an inhibitor of very long-chain fatty acids, which controls susceptible germinating seedlings as they emerge from the soil. It is recommended for use in wheat as a delayed preemergence or post-emergence application. Zidua herbicide is an outstanding tank-mix partner for growers seeking extra residual activity on tough weeds in wheat.

Raven Industries and Kinze Manufacturing partner to bring new multi-hybrid planter
Raven Industries, Inc. announced a collaboration with Kinze Manufacturing,
Inc. to bring a new multi-hybrid planter control system to Kinze's world-leading product offering. In the summer of 2013, Raven introduced the first commercially available multi-hybrid planter solution that allows growers to switch between two hybrids on the fly.

As part of the collaboration, Raven will be the technology provider for
Kinze's new 4900 series multi-hybrid concept planters being tested with select North American producers in the spring of 2014. This planter will be the first to offer producers this capability as a factory-installed option. In addition, Beck's Hybrids, the world's largest family-owned independent seed company, will be providing their agronomic expertise to strengthen their position as a leader in multi-hybrid planting as well as seed selection. Beck's introduced their first multi-hybrid planter in 2012 and will be starting their third year of testing in 2014.

"Multi-hybrid technology allows corn planting to include precision hybrid placement," said Jason Webster, Central Illinois Practical Farm Research director for Beck's Hybrids. "Placing the correct corn hybrid is one of the most important decisions a grower can make each and every year. Our multi-hybrid testing at Beck's has shown significant yield gains and profitability by changing corn hybrid placement on the fly based upon varying degrees of yield potential throughout a field."

"We're very excited to see a quick adoption of this ground-breaking technology with one of the world's leading manufacturers, Kinze. Growers will quickly realize the benefits of a multi-hybrid system and the resulting ROI through the use of that technology," said Matt Burkhart, vice president and general manager for Raven's Applied Technology Division.

To learn more about Raven Industries and their multi-hybrid planter
system, please visit ravenprecision.com.

NuTech Seed Introduces YieldLeader Precision Placement Tool powered by MyFarms
NuTech Seed, LLC is launching YieldLeader, a Web-based precision placement tool program powered by MyFarms, to their dealers and customers this season.

MyFarms, a leader in Data-Driven Farming, serves growers and their suppliers by delivering security, accuracy, and convenience.  With the help of their dealer, growers can review, select and place unique NuTech Seed hybrids based on soil type, management practices, diseases and pests, as well as desired agronomic characteristics.  Utilizing this program will help NuTech Seed growers increase their accuracy and efficiency, while ultimately increasing yield potential and adding convenience.

“The YieldLeader placement tool allows our growers to better use the field data they have collected over the years, combine it with all the great genetics and choices that NuTech offers, and use this information to make better decisions on their hybrid placement,” says Gene Kassmeyer, director of products for NuTech Seed.  “Growers can use this tool and technology to get suggestions on hybrids in minutes rather than hours. Time is valuable to farmers and every minute counts.”

“With ever increasing access to new technologies and devices, having a program for farmers to access anywhere will be more important down the road,” says Tim Elliott, general manager for NuTech Seed.  “The YieldLeader precision placement tool allows our dealers and growers to access their farm data from just about anywhere, at any time, as well as record notes about their day-to-day operations.”

DuPont Pioneer Introduces Two New Sorghum Hybrids
New Products Developed for Yield and Stress Tolerance
 
DuPont Pioneer continues its commitment to sorghum growers with the introduction of two new hybrids for 2014:

  • Pioneer hybrid 86P20 is a 63RM hybrid with strong stress tolerance and early maturity rating.
  • Pioneer hybrid 85P05 has a 68RM rating, with excellent yield under stress and very good performance on the High Plains and in Kansas. This hybrid has above-average stalk lodging scores.

“Global sorghum testing allows Pioneer to develop products like these to meet challenges growers are facing now,” says Doug Pilkington, DuPont Pioneer sorghum marketing manager. “These new hybrids are also the result of our efforts to develop high-yielding solutions for U.S. grain sorghum producers.”

Growers planting Pioneer brand sorghum hybrids recently won four of seven first-place finishes and 12 of the 21 national categories in the 2013 National Sorghum Producers (NSP) Yield and Management Contest. Seven of those growers won national finishes with Pioneer sorghum hybrid 84G62. Growers planting Pioneer sorghum hybrids also captured 63 percent of all state category placements.

Pioneer sorghum research is worldwide in scope, yet focused on local adaptation.  Pioneer has three sorghum research stations in the United States and seven additional stations in sorghum-growing regions around the world. Each station is located in an environment where disease, insect or climatic constraints can be evaluated. Testing occurs in more than 100,000 yield plots at 60 locations in four countries.

The Pioneer sorghum research efforts are led by Dr. Kay Porter, director of sorghum research, from Plainview, Texas. The research program at Plainview focuses on developing hybrids adapted to dryland production areas of the High Plains and western Kansas. The Pioneer station in Manhattan, Kan., develops sorghum hybrids for growers in Nebraska, Kansas, Oklahoma, southern Illinois and eastern Missouri. The Taft, Texas, research station is responsible for developing hybrids for the southern United States and northern Mexico.

Bayer CropScience and Cellectis plant sciences extend their partnership to improve crops by gene editing
Bayer CropScience has signed two new agreements with Cellectis plant sciences on gene editing in plants. The agreements extend the companies’ existing partnership to introduce targeted modifications to selected plant genes and genomes. The financial terms of these agreements are not disclosed.

The first aim of this extended partnership is to collaboratively create commercial traits for the canola seed market using new technologies developed by Cellectis plant sciences. The second aim is to provide Bayer with access to technologies that enable the directed engineering of plant genomes, such as gene stacking and targeted mutagenesis, for the development of improved crops.

"These novel technologies work efficiently in plant cells and will be an important tool to improve crops," said Catherine Feuillet, Head of Trait Research at Bayer CropScience. "They facilitate the creation of specific modifications in the plant genome or genes and thus minimize the genetic footprint left behind."

"These new agreements position Cellectis plant sciences as a key partner for Bayer CropScience," commented Luc Mathis, CEO of Cellectis plant sciences. "Following the technical success we have achieved with all our programs in potatoes and oil crops, such as soybean and canola, the development of new commercial products relevant for the food industry has become the focus of our company."

DuPont Pioneer Introduces Three New Brown MidRib Corn Hybrids
New Products Developed for Digestibility, Ease of Harvest, Earlier Maturity
DuPont Pioneer is introducing three new Pioneer brand corn hybrids with the brown midrib (BMR) trait for 2014. These new products offer the traits growers expect from BMR hybrids, along with strong agronomics, in a broader range of maturities.

DuPont Pioneer researchers expanded overall BMR breeding efforts by starting a new program with the goal of developing unique inbred parent lines and hybrids expressing the BMR trait. They looked for lines that demonstrated BMR forage quality along with performance stability, excellent yield, and agronomic strengths such as root-lodging resistance and standability for ease of harvest.    

“Rather than converting existing hybrids to BMR, we chose to develop new silage hybrids incorporating proven Pioneer genetics,” says Tom Kevern, DuPont Pioneer research scientist at the DuPont Pioneer research center in Janesville, Wis.

The new BMR products all include the Herculex XTRA, LibertyLink and Roundup Ready Corn 2 traits for insect resistance and herbicide tolerance. These three hybrids join longer maturity BMR hybrids in the Pioneer lineup:
    Pioneer brand P0238XR — 102-day relative maturity, the earliest-maturing Pioneer BMR hybrid, with high starch levels, very good fiber digestibility, strong emergence and good roots.

  • P0783XR — 107-day BMR silage hybrid with excellent fiber digestibility, tall plants, good roots and a good leaf disease resistance rating.
  • P1180XR — 111-day maturity BMR silage hybrid that flowers early for a wide area of adaptation, including northern growing areas.  It features excellent stand emergence and establishment, plus good disease tolerance.

These products offer better potential silage yields, higher starch content and excellent fiber digestibility.

“BMR development at Pioneer focuses on three key factors,” says Kyle Whitaker, DuPont Pioneer marketing manager for global forages. “We want these hybrids to deliver strong yields — both tonnage and starch. In addition, our BMR hybrids have to offer excellent digestibility and a strong agronomic package.”

BMR corn hybrids have 10 percent to 25 percent less lignin in the stalk’s fiber. This results in improved digestibility, which increases the feed intake of dairy and beef cattle. Higher feed intake is responsible for greater milk production in dairy cattle and faster rate of gain in beef cattle.

Sources: DuPont Pioneer, BASF, Bayer CropScience, NuTech Seed, Raven Industries

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