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Golden Harvest Releases New Corn Hybrids, Soybean Varieties

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Golden Harvest releases 46 new corn hybrids (14 of which are new genetic families) and 18 new soybean varieties for 2018, giving farmers more seed options to get the most yield out of every field.

According to the company, the new hybrids and varieties expand the agronomic options available to farmers for all kinds of field types, soil characteristics and weather conditions.

“Rooted in genetics, agronomy and service, the new Golden Harvest hybrids and varieties build on a legacy of genetically diverse, high-yielding seed that farmers can depend on,” says Eric Boersma, Golden Harvest corn product manager lead. “Because no two fields are the same, we are committed to providing a range of unique, genetically diverse corn and soybean seed options.”

The 2018 corn hybrids feature genetics protected by Agrisure traits and technologies.

  • Eight hybrids will include the Agrisure Duracade trait, featuring a different mode of action to effectively control corn rootworm, and will be available in select geographies to growers who agree to feed on farm or deliver to approved feedlots.
  • Fourteen hybrids will feature the Agrisure Viptera trait, comprising the most comprehensive insect control in the industry.
  • Twelve Agrisure Artesian hybrids will help maximize yield when it rains and increase yield when it doesn’t.
  • Twenty hybrids will be available as E-Z Refuge options, providing convenient, integrated single-bag refuge offerings.

In select geographies, Golden Harvest will also offer nine new Enogen hybrids, featuring an in-seed innovation that benefits farmers marketing grain to ethanol plants and those producing grain for livestock feed. In the ethanol market, Enogen grain enhances the ethanol production process by improving efficiency, while the same technology increases the value of corn as feed for dairy or beef cattle due to improved digestibility.

The new Golden Harvest soybean varieties range in relative maturity from 0.08 to 4.5 and protect against many of today’s toughest challenges, including soybean cyst nematodes, sudden death syndrome, brown stem rot and Phytophthora root rot. Sixteen of the new varieties also include dicamba-tolerant Roundup Ready 2 Xtend technology, which provides another line of defense against weed resistance.

“With the new Golden Harvest varieties, soybean farmers will find reliable options to take on any agronomic challenge,” says Scott Erickson, Golden Harvest product marketing manager for soybean seed.