Syngenta hails US Duracade maize launch
Syngenta expects more than 4,500 growers in the US to plant just over 250,000 acres (101,000 ha) of its genetically modified insect-resistant Duracade (5222 ) maize this year. Two months into the company's "Right to Grow" programme, with planting approaching, the company rates it a success. "We have the growers and acres we wanted for our limited launch, and as we had hoped, more grain buyers are agreeing to accept Agrisure Duracade grain beyond those of our partner, Gavilon," says Syngenta's head of maize in North America, Chuck Lee. Some major grain handlers had indicated that they would not accept deliveries of crops containing the Duracade trait until it had been approved in China and other major export markets (Agrow No 683, p 15). Syngenta entered into an agreement with Gavilon Grain to enable farmers to plant the maize with the assurance that there would be a market for it (Agrow No 683, p 2). Duracade expresses the Bt Cry3.1Ab toxin for the control of corn rootworms (Diabrotica spp).