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Two Amazing Innovations to Help the Corn Growers

Late Corn Market Manager,

Vincent Luxi worked in the seed business for more than 10 years and joined Caussade Semences for 6 years in the sales team. He worked in France with different distributors and farmers especially in organic production. Currently, he is Late Corn Market Manager within Lidea.

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For several years, farmers have confronted with difficult weather conditions during key periods of corn cropping. One period in particular needs special attention: flowering. For this key stage LIDEA innovates with HI CORN. It’s a combination of two hybrids with complementary precocity to increase the number of days for pollination and thus reduce the risk of hot weather affecting the viability of the pollen. The big advantage for the farmers is that with more pollen, we are able to guarantee a better fertilisation. And this means more grain per hectare and as a result, more yield per hectare.

But it is not just at flowering where we need to protect the plant. Another sensitive period for maize cultivation is the emergence of the seedling. Difficult conditions, cold, rain, and pests, like insects and birds at the beginning of the cycle, very often have a big impact on the number of plants per hectare. Many farmers in Europe know that a good performance in this critical stage could have an impact on the success of the crop. It is the first component of yield! Our new product BOOST & GO is an association of four cumulative action modes, operating at different times to preserve the genetic potential during early stages.

The first mode is crop protection, where we want to help the plant against the main pests. We’ve included Redigo against fungi, Poncho against insects, and Korit against birds.

The second mode of action is related to a proper provision of the right nutrients. In BOOST & GO, we have added a combination of essential nutrients for the early stages of corn growth. In this way, we are boosting emergence.

Then there is the biostimulant mode of action. This was added to the mix to support the development of the plant. Through a better root development, the seedling is better able to use the mineral elements that are available in the soil.

And last but not least, we are applying a very specific coating. This new approach provides a better repartition of the products around the seeds, and provides more security for the user because of a better dust control

These two innovations, HI CORN and BOOST & GO are solutions that can be adapted to the needs of farmers in order to improve the farmers’ profitability during their corn production.