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Posted 23 October 2006. PMN Crop News.

NK® Brand Seeds Introduces Herculex™ I Hybrids


Golden Valley, Minnesota (October 19, 2006)— NK® Brand Seeds announces the addition of corn hybrids with Herculex™ I Insect Protection for the 2007 growing season. The six new hybrids offer customers a technology solution for Western bean cutworm and black cutworm in areas where these insects have historically exceeded economic thresholds. For additional early season insect and disease protection, all NK Brand hybrids are treated with Cruiser Extreme® 250.

“The introduction of NK Brand corn hybrids with Herculex I technology means season-long protection for higher yields and better returns in those geographies where cutworms have been a challenge year after year,” says Marshall Kostiuk, NK Brand corn marketing manager. “We recommend that growers choose hybrids by focusing first on the genetics that best fit their farm and then considering traits and technologies that will help them manage specific production challenges.”

The six new hybrids feature proven genetics for top performance and range in maturity from 103 to 113 days.

“As part of the broad NK Brand portfolio of corn hybrids, Herculex I hybrids are eligible for all NK Brand grower programs,” Kostiuk adds. “In addition, these hybrids are eligible for AgriEdge™ weed management programs from Syngenta. The AgriEdge programs provide growers with a comprehensive assurance package, flexible agronomic tools and rewards, and protection from planting to harvest.

“These new Herculex I hybrids complement the NK Brand hybrids with Agrisure™ traits for insect control and weed management options providing a better return on every acre for our customers,” 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