One of the biggest things growing for the 2019 planting season is the Golden Harvest hybrids portfolio, which is adding 37 corn varieties and 17 soybean varieties.
Earlier this year, Golden Harvest announced it would benefit from an incremental $400 million investment — something that’s reflected in the breadth and quality of its seed portfolio.
According to a news release from Golden Harvest, in trials against DeKalb, Golden Harvest won an estimated 59 percent of plots with a 4.76 bushel-per-acre (bu/A) average yield advantage. Compared to Pioneer, Golden Harvest corn hybrids won an estimated 57 percent of the plots and averaged 3.78 bu/A higher.
The 2019 Golden Harvest hybrids span in relative maturity from 78 to 118 days and feature proven genetics protected by Agrisure traits and technologies:
- Twelve hybrids will include the Agrisure Duracade trait, which provides a unique mode of action to control corn rootworm and preserve the yield potential of elite corn hybrids.
- Ten hybrids will feature the Agrisure Viptera trait, which offers the most comprehensive above-ground insect control and is the only trait available today that effectively controls western bean cutworm.
- Four hybrids will contain Agrisure Duracade 5222 E-Z Refuge, the most advanced trait stack on the market, combining the Agrisure Duracade and Agrisure Viptera traits for control of 16 above- and below-ground insects.
- Two hybrids will contain Agrisure Viptera 3330 E-Z Refuge, the newest above-ground-only trait stack in the Agrisure portfolio that features three modes of action against above-ground insects, reducing the need for scouting and costly rescue treatments.
- Eight Agrisure Artesian hybrids will help maximize yield when it rains and increase yield when it doesn’t, via the most advanced corn water technology on the market.
- Twenty-eight hybrids will be available as E-Z Refuge seed blend products, providing convenient, integrated single-bag refuge offerings.
In select geographies, Golden Harvest will also offer seven new Enogen hybrids for a total of 31 options available for 2019 planting. Featuring an in-seed innovation that benefits farmers marketing grain to participating ethanol plants and those producing grain or silage for livestock feed, eight to 17 hybrids are available in each sales region.