Since Syngenta and Gavilon Grain, LLC, launched the "Right to Grow" program for Agrisure Duracade in early 2014, the total number of locations that will accept the corn trait has grown quickly, recently surpassing 1,650 locations, the companies said Thursday.
Rapid adoption of the program, which provides grain marketing opportunities for U.S. farmers who plant hybrids with the Agrisure Duracade trait to control corn rootworm, has resulted in more than double the number of end-use locations that will accept the trait since July 2014.
Nick Aberle, a grower from Sabetha, Kan., said he had concerns about marketing Agrisure Duracade corn at first, but Gavilon Grain offered options. "Working with Gavilon has been pretty simple. They are just a telephone call away for more information," he said in a statement.
In 2015, the Right to Grow program offers qualifying farmers a per unit stewardship premium at harvest for each bag of Agrisure Duracade corn planted. In addition, farmers may receive consultative services through Gavilon to help them appropriately steward and market their 2015 Agrisure Duracade grain through an extensive network of accepting locations or on-farm feeding applications.
Gavilon will continue to connect qualifying growers with accepting elevators, feedlots, feed mills and other appropriate destinations. Farmers are not required to sell their grain to Gavilon.
Agrisure Duracade is Syngenta's corn rootworm control technology approved in the U.S. It is offered in two trait stack options for above- and below-ground insect control. Agrisure Duracade trait stacks are only available in 5% integrated refuge products for easy refuge compliance.
News source: Syngenta