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Syngenta releases 5 new sugarbeets to combat regional pests


Syngenta sugarbeet customers will get five new options for the 2017 growing season. The company will introduce five new Hilleshög brand sugarbeet hybrids tailored to combat regional pest issues and deliver top genetic performance.

The following cooperatives will offer the specific hybrids noted:

American Crystal Sugar Cooperative: HIL9707, HIL9708
Michigan Sugar: HIL9732NT, NT9607RR
Southern Minnesota Beet Sugar Cooperative: HIL9739

“Hilleshög offers high-performing sugarbeet hybrids with key disease traits to meet the challenges of each unique growing area,” said Tyler Ring, sugarbeet portfolio head, Syngenta, in a recent release. “Our hybrid portfolio is the result of innovative R&D practices, which include localized disease screening, breeding, hybrid selection, and technology evaluation at specially designed facilities throughout the beet growing regions of the U.S. This leads to a more consistent on-farm experience year after year.”

Selecting the correct hybrid is essential to raising a healthy sugarbeet crop. Sugarbeet growers can connect with their local Hilleshög sales agent or local sugar co-op agriculturist to discuss field history and recent trials to gauge how well a specific hybrid might perform for them from a quality and yield perspective. These experts can also help growers determine which disease tolerance traits are most important to their acreage.

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