Field day highlights new corn, soybeans

Newly-released Qrome corn, Enlist E3 soybeans and other products were featured at a Mycogen Seeds Enlist Field Day July 22 at the Illinois State University Farm near Lexington, Illinois. Melissa Bell, Mycogen commercial agronomist, gave a rundown on the varieties and hybrids during the field day.

LEXINGTON, Ill. — Two newly-released corn and soybean technologies were featured at the recent Mycogen Enlist Field Day at the Illinois State University Farm.

Corteva Agriscience’s Qrome corn and Enlist E3 soybeans were commercially launched prior to the 2019 growing season. The last hurdle, import authorization from China, was granted in January, after all other regulatory requirements were met.

Introductory quantities of Qrome products were launched for planting across expanded U.S. Corn Belt geographies after limited launches the previous two years.

Enlist E3 soybeans were offered in the United States, Brazil and Canada across all Corteva Agriscience seed brands.

Both products will have a wide range of genetic platforms and maturities in Corteva Agriscience seed brands next year.

Mycogen Qrome products feature a molecular stack of multiple insect protection traits and include dual modes of action — Herculex I and Herculex RW — to control corn rootworm above and below ground.

The Enlist E3 soybeans trait provides tolerance to 2,4-D choline, glyphosate and glufosinate.

“A lot of our products for 2020 and beyond will be in those respective trait packages. The E3 has been very, very long awaited. We have a lot of exciting products to offer for this year. We have a lot of different options as far as E3 soybeans go. We’ll at least double that in our 2020 class that we’ll be planting in 2021,” Melissa Bell, Mycogen commercial agronomist, said at the field day.”

Bell added she has seen “overwhelming excitement” for the Enlist E3 soybeans since its launch this year.

“A lot of farmers looking for another option with these hard to control weeds and Enlist offers a very easy to use chemistry. It’s been very long awaited and gotten a very warm welcome. The only thing is everyone wants more, especially being a late year, I think we were fortunate we were able to get soybeans out commercially and some in plots,” she said.

Late Planting Impact

Another topic during the field day was the late planting and how that impacts seed availability going into the 2020 season.

Bell saw quite a bit of switching to shorter season maturities, particularly in northern Illinois that was hit the hardest and the area with the most prevented plant acres.

“We did switch out maturities once, some areas maybe twice, and generally we don’t recommend switching your hybrid maturities, depending on your latitude, until the last week of May or beginning of June. It’s kind of one those topics that we as agronomists talk about every year. You get a big rain in April and everyone thinks it’s going to be late,” she said.

“This year I kind of thought, we’ll get in, we always get in early, and then Mother Nature called our bluff. We really did have to swap some hybrid maturities. So, yes, there are areas where we had 114-day hybrids planned and decided to go with 104-day or 105-day just because we were getting even beyond the first week of June. Then with how cool the month of June got to be, we’re really grateful we made those calls. We were up against the clock.”

The late planting also has impacted the seed soybeans and seed corn planting, and Bell was asked if the combination of that and a shift in maturities will have an impact on seed availability in 2020.

“Because we did a lot of seed maturity swaps, that really makes a deficit in some. For example, in central Illinois we don’t tend to use a lot of shorter maturity. We did unnatural things with hybrid maturities this year. We kind of dipped into a supply that wouldn’t normally be used,” she said.

“You can carry corn seed over for the next year and of course we have more carryover supply of some fuller season products — a lot of 112-, 113-, 114-day corn got returned because it just got too late. Likewise, we used a lot of 105-day corn where we would not usually use it. It certainly swung the supply in a completely different direction that I think anyone would have thought back in March when we were putting in a crop plan.

“It something we certainly didn’t expect to happen, but I’m certain people are in place that have some plan b, plan c together. That’s not to say it’s not a concern of mine, but we’re reliant on the system that makes sure that we’ve got adequate supply of what we need for next year.”

Tom C. Doran can be reached at 815-780-7894 or Follow him on Twitter at: @AgNews_Doran.


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