For more than two years, Syngenta has been dealing with grain from Agrisure Viptera-traited corn not being accepted by China, and for 2014, the company had to establish a way to handle the Chinese not accepting grain from another new corn trait—Agrisure Duracade.
Both corns are genetically modified (GM). GM corn hasn’t been a problem for the Chinese approving acceptance of corn from the U.S. in the past. China has approved importing various GM corns from the United States because the large majority of the corn grown here is GM for resistance to insects or specific herbicides.
For unexplained reasons, the Chinese have refused to approve the Viptera trait stacked corn, which provides above- and below-ground insect control, during more than two years of delays.
Instead of waiting for China and having another bottleneck in exporting the new Duracade-traited corn, which also has new corn rootworm (CRW) control technology, Syngenta went on the offensive for its introduction of Duracade. Syngenta established an agreement with Gavilon Grain, LLC that provides grain marketing opportunities for farmers who choose to plant hybrids containing Agrisure Duracade. The proactive campaign to help farmers grow corn with the Duracade trait and have grain marketing options is the “Right to Grow” campaign.
Right to Grow Details
“The intent of the Right to Grow program is to allow us to successfully launch Agrisure Duracade so that growers can experience the technology themselves and have the confidence that they will have somewhere to market the grain,” says David Elser, Syngenta, Right to Grow spokesperson.
Syngenta is establishing a launch zone for Agrisure Duracade hybrids, which was being finalized at the end of February. The zone and launch campaign was established after consultation with the National Corn Growers Association (NCGA) and Gavilon officials, notes Elser.
Gavilon will be accepting the Duracade grain at market price while providing stewardship and distribution services for producers. There are two parts to the stewardship; first by growers to make sure the grain is grown for domestic use and not put into export channels, and second by Gavilon to identity-preserve the grain in storage and shipping channels.
“In supporting farmers who choose to grow Agrisure Duracade, we will demonstrate the supply chain’s capability to expand beyond the basic commodity model in grain marketing, which is the future of market access for U.S. grains,” says Jim Anderson, Gavilon chief operating officer.