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Mycogen Seeds Moves Beyond Drought Tolerance with Stress-Tolerant Hybrids

Mycogen Seeds helps growers in the western Corn Belt manage multiple environmental variables with a holistic solution: its new stress-tolerant corn portfolio.

Unveiled today, the stress-tolerant portfolio features hybrids with a strong agronomic foundation, bred to handle a range of challenges common to the western Corn Belt — including disease and insect pressure, water availability and extreme heat.

“Raising corn in the High Plains is not easy, and growers face more challenges than drought alone,” says Cole Hansen, U.S. corn marketing leader for Mycogen Seeds and a Nebraska native. “We have developed our stress-tolerant lineup to suit the growing conditions in the western Corn Belt, with hybrids that withstand many of the yield-reducing factors it presents.”

Mycogen Seeds’ stress-tolerant hybrids are highly-rated for Goss’s wilt, high-pH soils, greensnap, and have flex ear to support a range of populations and improved pollination during heat. The hybrids are also drought tolerant. The company uses a local, targeted approach to screening for tolerance to these stresses. The portfolio has proven itself in a variety of challenging environments.

“Hybrid performance is a combination of the right genetics, environmental conditions and management practices,” says Doug Barker, western Corn Belt breeding leader for Dow AgroSciences. “The right genetics establish top-end yield potential. It’s what helps the plant adapt to or overcome environmental conditions.”

Once a hybrid meets specific agronomic criteria, it moves on to testing. Mycogen Seeds pressure-tests these hybrids in a western Corn Belt managed stress environment (MSE) to carefully understand yield response at various intervals of plant development.