As commodity prices heat up, the race is on for corn and soybean growers to maximize yields and return on investment potential. Enter the first-ever Field Forged Series from NK Seeds. Now available for the 2022 growing season from retailers across the U.S., this combination of proven performers and elite newcomers represents the best in seed innovation from Syngenta Seeds’ leading research and development engine.
The inaugural Field Forged Series lineup features 26 total hybrids, including 10 new NK corn hybrids and 4 new Enogen corn hybrids, and 20 new NK soybean varieties, each carefully evaluated and hand-selected for top performance.
“This is a big moment for NK, but an even bigger one for farmers,” said Quinn Showalter, NK head of sales. “This isn’t just another product launch. The introduction of our first Field Forged Series is the culmination of many years of research and development, testing and working alongside farmers to deliver meaningful innovations for their fields.”
With challenges in agriculture constantly evolving, Syngenta Seeds is accelerating innovation to keep farms running, structuring the organization’s entire R&D process around the farmer. The company’s innovations include the Stalk Crusher, a unique sensor-based technology that’s delivering better-standing hybrids, and investments in trait introgression that are empowering breeders to pair the newest traits with the strongest genetics, faster than ever.
In NK corn, Syngenta Seeds R&D has powered a portfolio of hybrids that reflect both yield and agronomic excellence. Each Field Forged hybrid had to meet a number of strict requirements to be included in the launch class, including strong root rot resistance, stalk strength, tolerance of critical diseases and broad adaptation.
“Our standards were high. To join the Field Forged Series, these NK hybrids had to outperform key competitors in their areas of adaptation not just once, but repeatedly across multiple years,” said Joe Bollman, NK corn product manager. “They’re proven winners.
The new NK hybrids also offer industry-leading trait choice, with Agrisure Duracade, Agrisure Viptera and Agrisure Artesian traits to help farmers meet a variety of needs in their fields. Similarly, the lineup of Field Forged soybean varieties features a diverse selection of the latest in-demand traits, including both proprietary Enlist E3 soybean and proprietary XtendFlex soybean varieties.
“The days of one-size-fits-all soybeans are long gone. That doesn’t mean we can’t help keep management relatively simple,” said Eric Miller, NK soybean product manager. “With our Field Forged soybeans, farmers can manage their fields with the traits they prefer while still benefiting from the powerful, proven NK genetics they’ve come to expect.”
All varieties in the Field Forged Series launch class have shown consistently outstanding yield performance in variable environments, offer resistance to Soybean Cyst Nematodes, and provide strong resistance to Phytophthora root rot through one or more genes.