Syn­genta’s new hy­brid corn proves best for Mindanao high­lands

Agriculture - - Contents - BY RYAN BALDOVINO

MINDANAO CORN GROW­ERS can now plant a bet­ter and im­proved corn va­ri­ety suited for high el­e­va­tion en­vi­ron­ment with Syn­genta’s com­mer­cial in­tro­duc­tion of NK306BtGT, a new hy­brid yel­low corn seed with bet­ter dis­ease re­sis­tance pro­file, high yield­ing abil­ity and wide adap­ta­tion on high el­e­va­tion en­vi­ron­ment.

Corn pro­duc­tion in high el­e­va­tion ge­ogra­phies in Mindanao has al­ways been a challenge to many grow­ers due to bi­otic fac­tors and se­vere dis­eases that re­duce yields of hy­brid corn.

Ros­alia Rag­mac, 42 years old, a corn grower from San Vi­cente Su­mi­lao, Bukid­non who has been plant­ing corn for more than a decade now re­calls how dis­eases af­fected her yield in the past due to un­fa­vor­able weather con­di­tion and monocrop­ping prac­tices.

Ac­cord­ing to Rag­mac, their most chal­leng­ing prob­lem every sea­son is the pres­ence of ‘’bu­tikol’’ tech­ni­cally known as Diplo­dia Ear Rot caused by a fun­gus, she said. Be­cause of this, their har­vest was so poor that they could not pay for the money they bor­rowed to fi­nance their five-hectare farm.

Diplo­dia ear rot (DER), com­monly known as bu­tikol or gaob among Mindanao corn farm­ers is a fun­gal dis­ease of corn char­ac­ter­ized by gray­ish or gray­ish brown molds on the ears or ker­nels typ­i­cal of a rot­ting symp­tom. The dis­ease de­vel­op­ment is fa­vored by wet weather at 21 days after silk­ing and be­com­ing preva­lent to­wards re­pro­duc­tive stage to

At left is Mar­ilou B. Pa­jal, a fi­nancier who has fi­nanced 20 hectares planted to NK306BtGT for two sea­sons.

Ran­dolf Leu­terio is happy with his boun­ti­ful har­vest of the new Syn­genta hy­brid corn for high el­e­va­tion plant­ing.

Mer­linda M. Mal­icay smiles as she shows the big ears of her NK306BtGT corn.

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