What comes from the biggest seed and trait suppliers

The company continues to develop new InVigor Health hybrids to strengthen its position in the specialty oil market and is evaluating innovations that will increase heat and drought tolerance, as well as allow for overall market expansion and canola acreage growth in the US.


Bayer’s robust pipeline demonstrates its commitment to delivering innovative products to farmers, from seed genetics and traits to crop protection and management. His grower-centric approach to research focuses on weeds, pests and even the harshest weather Mother Nature can deliver. Bayer provides these solutions through an annual research and development (R&D) investment of more than $2 billion.

One example of Bayer’s introduction of new solutions is the Smart Corn System, a production system centered around short maize hybrids designed to help farmers reduce the risk of adverse weather and proactively manage inputs. This system protects against yield loss from lodging and greening, while providing increased access with standard field equipment for precise application of nitrogen and crop protection products. The Smart Corn System helps farmers discover increased yield potential by optimizing inputs, planting density and field placement.

— The rootworm advances. Protection against the billion-dollar bug, corn rootworm (CRW) and other crop-destroying pests is another area Bayer is focusing on research. The company’s seed and trait pipeline combats a range of corn pests through the introduction of SmartStax PRO Technology, available in early 2022, and VT4PRO technology with RNAi (RNA interference) technology, expected to launch in 2024. With an industry-first RNAi technology, the RNAi mode of action found in SmartStax PRO, the product combines three modes of action for corn rootworm within the same corn package.

VT4PRO Technology will provide options for farmers seeking protection against above- and below-ground pests. It features three proven above-ground modes of action found in Trecepta Technology to combat pests including European corn borer, fall armyworm and western bean cutworm. And thanks to underground technology, it will perform well in low to medium corn-root borer pressure conditions. The out-of-the-bag in-bag insect protection and herbicide tolerance feature packages combine proven defenses to protect corn yields, giving corn growers the broadest range of insect protection from Bayer.

— Soy development. On the soybean front, HT4 soybeans are expected to be released within a decade. HT4, if approved, will add 2,4-D and HPPD to the already approved package of glyphosate, dicamba and glufosinate in XtendFlex soybeans. HT4 will be the industry’s top five tolerance traits in soybeans, giving farmers more flexibility in management.

Bayer’s pipeline extends the company’s expertise in turning R&D into value-added solutions for manufacturers – supporting their need to meet growing global demand for food, feed, fiber and fuel while developing a climate-smart future for industry.


In the coming years, Corteva Agriscience’s robust pipeline is poised to deliver innovative solutions to farmers’ challenges across its broad portfolio of seed and crop protection products. Among the most anticipated are new generation seed products with Enlist weed control system technology.

— Maize products. When commercially available, Vorceed Enlist corn will be Corteva’s next-generation CRW protection, with flexibility and durability that should help farmers maximize the return on investment in their corn rootworm acres. With a novel RNAi mode of action that helps manage trait persistence, control nutrition and reduce reproduction numbers, Vorceed Enlist offers full-season control of CRW larvae at all stages of corn development. Three modes of action against sensitive subterranean pests and three modes of action against major lepidopteran pests combine with the Enlist corn trait stack, which offers tolerance to 2,4-D choline and “FOP” herbicides, plus glufosinate and glyphosate herbicides.

As Corteva finalizes its commercial plans, there will be widespread access to Vorceed Enlist corn products for US farmers in the 2023 growing season, with growth in a broader genetic background in the coming years.

— Soy products. The next generation of Enlist E3 soybeans is also on the horizon following the recent announcement that Corteva, BASF and MS Technologies are collaborating to bring to market the first commercially available biotech trait to control nematodes in Enlist E3 soybeans.

The nematode-resistant soybean trait from BASF, which provides new protection against the billion-dollar soybean cyst nematode pest, brings an additional layer of crop protection to Enlist E3 soybeans, a transgenic soybean event jointly developed and owned by Corteva Agriscience and MS Technologies. . In addition to the choice and expanded flexibility enabled by the Enlist weed control system, farmers can continue to expect elite microbes, local agronomic support, digital tools, trusted advisors and more from Corteva Agriscience’s Enlist E3 soybean with new trait technology. Look for Enlist E3 soybeans with the new NRS trait to be available in North America in the late 2020s, pending the completion of appropriate regulatory studies and field trials.


Syngenta Seeds scientists are as comfortable in the field as they are in the lab, with its R&D teams focusing on the needs of farmers for pipeline development. This is being practiced at the 152-acre Farm of the Future, a testing ground for agricultural technologies and methods located in north-central Illinois. In addition to testing new features and varieties at the Farm of the Future, the company is testing the latest sensors for disease detection and prediction and drones for precision weed control. This helps Syngenta understand more quickly which technologies work best, continuously applying real-world conditions.

Working hand-in-hand with customers keeps Syngenta focused on delivering what they need now and in the future. This is evident through unique, proprietary technologies such as HI-Edit, which combine haploid induction and genome editing in one step. This significantly speeds up the product development timeline, getting hybrids into the hands of farmers more quickly.

Syngenta has also made several new investments in its physical footprint, including one of the industry’s largest trait introgression facilities in Nampa, Idaho. Next year, Syngenta is opening a new, world-class innovation center in Malta, Illinois, right in the heart of the US Corn Belt, making it even easier to create solutions with partners.

— Soya is advancing. New technology and new infrastructure only matter if the underlying business is at its best. More than 50 years of soybean breeding heritage provides diversity in Syngenta’s portfolio. The company will continue to bring new traits to market, uniquely positioned to provide trait selection through proprietary genetics for both major herbicide trait platforms (Enlist E3 and XtendFlex soybeans).

— Corn investments. Continued investment in R&D, including a new livestock discovery group, has paid off in this area. The company samples twice as many maize varieties, leading to better analytics and a 40% increase in pre-commercial hybrids – meaning its maize seed portfolio has more high-performance genetics thanks to more testing and evaluation that ensures greater consistency. provides a feature selection. in the field. Syngenta’s current feature stack, DuracadeViptera, offers comprehensive insect protection, controlling 16 above- and below-ground pests.

A new, farmer-oriented business model recently launched by Golden Harvest called GHX provides farmers with a new way to purchase seed, facilitating the experience at one price per acre.

To keep their food supply flexible and sustainable, farmers expect (and deserve) more choices than a better set of products — Syngenta Seeds is focused on delivering them.


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