Syngenta's Duracade maize acceptance grows in US
The number of locations accepting Syngenta's genetically modified insect-resistant Agrisure Duracade (5222) maize in the US has more than doubled over the past seven months, the company points out. Some 1,652 locations accept the maize compared with 672 in July 2014. Duracade maize expresses the Bt Cry3.1 Ab toxin for the control of corn rootworms (CRWs - Diabrotica spp). It was introduced in the US last year but it has not been approved in China. Several major grain handlers refused to accept deliveries of the maize without that approval. Syngenta entered into an agreement with Gavilon Grain early last year to enable farmers to plant the maize with the assurance that there would be a market for it. Syngenta and Gavilon have since extended that agreement to 2015 with an increased number of accepting locations. "Growers challenged by CRW pressure are seeing results in the field from this technology and the response to the 'Right to Grow' programme has been very positive overall," says Chuck Lee, head of Syngenta's North American maize business.