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Posted 23 October 2006. PMN Crop News.

New NK® Brand Hybrids Feature Agrisure™ RW Trait


Golden Valley, Minnesota (October 16, 2006)—Three new NK® Brand corn hybrids with the unique Agrisure™ RW trait from Syngenta further expand the company’s lineup for the 2007 growing season. These hybrids deliver excellent control of northern, western and Mexican corn rootworm (CRW) first instar larvae, providing growers a new weapon in the battle against the corn rootworm, known as the “billion dollar pest.”

“Introducing Agrisure RW in elite NK Brand genetics offers growers top yield performance under a broad range of conditions,” says Marshall Kostiuk, NK Brand corn marketing manager. “Under CRW infestations, hybrids with Agrisure RW have demonstrated up to a 32 bushel per acre yield advantage. Healthier plants mean consistent performance even under severe drought.

“The new NK Brand Agrisure RW hybrids are broadly adapted with maturities ranging from 102 to 110 days. One of the new hybrids is stacked with glyphosate tolerance offering growers a valuable weed management tool. For additional early season insect and disease protection, all NK Brand hybrids are treated with Cruiser Extreme® 250.

For the 2007 season, growers who plant a corn hybrid with Agrisure RW or any Agrisure trait, receive comprehensive assurances such as added protection against adverse weather conditions and other occurrences that result in trait loss. Growers can have confidence in the performance of Agrisure RW hybrids because they are backed by an additional Agrisure RW Performance Assurance, offering a trait refund if CRW feeding exceeds the economic threshold. In addition, they automatically are eligible for AgriEdge™ Corn programs, which combine premium genetics, traits and crop protection solutions to maximize yield.

“NK Brand Agrisure RW hybrids combined with AgriEdge provides growers flexibility to focus on solutions that result in a better return on every acre,” concludes Kostiuk.

NK Brand Seeds is a trusted hybrid corn, soybean and alfalfa seed supplier with more than 100 years of service in the marketplace. The brand provides customers more yield and better choices for the way they farm through innovative products and solutions. Located in Golden Valley, Minn., NK Brand Seeds is part of Syngenta.

Syngenta is a world-leading agribusiness committed to sustainable agriculture through innovative research and technology. The company is a leader in crop protection, and ranks third in the high-value commercial seeds market. Sales in 2005 were approximately $8.1 billion. Syngenta employs more than 19,000 people in over 90 countries. Syngenta is listed on the Swiss stock exchange (SYNN) and in New York (SYT). Further information is available at

Bev Larson

Marshall Kostiuk