The Chinese Ministry of Agriculture has given an import nod of approval to Syngenta’s Agrisure Duracade trait. The approval covers corn grain and processing co-products, including dried distillers grains (DDGs), for food and feed use.
“Obtaining this regulatory approval opens up new opportunities within our portfolio,” said David Hollinrake, president of Syngenta Seeds, LLC. “Moving forward, growers can expect expanded access to the full depth and breadth of our genetic portfolio with more choice and exciting new hybrids that offer elite genetics plus the latest in corn rootworm control technology.”
Corn rootworm costs U.S. growers more than $1 billion annually due to yield losses and costs of control measures. Agrisure Duracade, which features a unique mode of action, helps deliver control of corn rootworm for a healthier corn crop with higher yield potential. A USDA study on Agrisure Duracade showed a 99.7 percent reduction in adult beetle emergence, higher than any other current rootworm product on the market.
Syngenta will continue to offer the trait for the 2017 and 2018 planting seasons under its grain-use marketing program.
“We will continue to provide support to Agrisure Duracade growers, ensuring confidence in grain marketing options,” stated Hollinrake. “With this approval, we are working to identify additional accepting locations, offering even more opportunities to market Agrisure Duracade grain.”
The trait has completed the Food and Drug Administration consultation process, received registration from the Environmental Protection Agency, and has been fully deregulated by the USDA since 2013.
Agrisure Duracade is available from Golden Harvest Seed Advisors and NK seed sellers in the Agrisure Duracade 5122 E-Z Refuge and Agrisure Duracade 5222 E-Z Refuge trait stacks. The trait is also available in hybrids from distributors of Catalyst, Innotech, and Phoenix brand seed, and in addition is licensed by many independent seed companies.