Syngenta’s new hybrid corn proves best for Mindanao highlands
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.