SYNGENTA announced that its Agrisure Viptera 3110 trait stack has received Environmental Protection Agency approval for control of true armyworm — an industry first.
In a salute to its name, true armyworm strikes in large numbers, devouring as many as 10-20 acres of corn per day and sometimes eating corn plants down to the ground. A cool, wet spring typically will usher in these sudden outbreaks.
"True armyworm outbreaks typically offer a very small window to react," said Miloud Araba, technical traits lead for Syngenta. "With true armyworm control built into the Agrisure Viptera 3110 trait stack, growers can avoid being blindsided by an infestation."
The new trait stack also delivers broad-spectrum control of aboveground lepidopteran insects and can be part of an effective insect management strategy for growers who do not need to manage for corn rootworm.
In addition, the trait stack can preserve grain quality by protecting against mycotoxins, including aflatoxin, which is estimated to cause crop losses of $932 million annually just in the U.S.
The Agrisure Viptera 3110 trait stack is available in hybrids with both glyphosate and glufosinate tolerance.
The hybrids are available for the 2014 planting season from the Syngenta seed brands Golden Harvest and NK and also through licensing agreements with other seed companies.