Cereals 2020: Resilience and innovation at the heart of Corteva Agriscience
The switch to an online format for this year’s show demonstrates resilience within the industry – a theme that has run through Corteva’s product development since its formation 12 months ago.
Corteva’s commitment to oilseed rape is unwavering. It remains a vital break crop for UK arable farmers but in the past few years the well-documented challenges around establishment have required a rethink on establishment techniques and variety choice.
The first applications of Belkar® – a new post-emergence herbicide for superior control of a wide range of broadleaf weeds in winter oilseed rape – were made in autumn 2019 and represent a new option for farmers who want to see crops emerge before deciding on their herbicide investment.
Farmers are able to watch a video on how Belkar can help to facilitate the establishment of a successful oilseed rape crop with a lower financial risk taken at the start of the season.
The launch of Korvetto® in January further demonstrates Corteva’s commitment to providing farmers with the tools they need be competitive and profitable.
The contact herbicide which is applied in the spring to winter oilseed rape, is a highly effective broadleaf weed killer, regardless of whether farmers applied good autumn programmes.
Exciting developments in seed breeding from Pioneer are being brought to market ahead of this year’s planting. PX131 is a new top-yielding maximus semi-dwarf hybrid that has been added to the 2020 AHDB Descriptive List.
It exhibits all the classic semi-dwarf characteristics that oilseed rape growers who favour this plant type have come to prefer – suitable for early sowing with vigorous autumn growth but with a spreading growth habit due to its lower more protected growing point.
The addition of PX131 further strengthens the Pioneer portfolio which includes PT279CL – the top Clearfield hybrid on the Recommended List – and high-grossing PT275.
Corteva’s unrivalled pipeline is also delivering novel fungicide molecules such as Inatreq™ active in cereals and Zorvec™ in potatoes.
At a time when farmers are desperate for new chemistry to control key diseases in wheat, Inatreq – the first cereal fungicide from Corteva with its patented IQ4 formulation – has gained authorisation in Ireland. Questar™ will be a landmark product for Irish farmers who will value its unique site of action, robust disease control, and flexible application rate, timing and water volumes.
Zorvec played a leading role in protecting the 2019 potato crop from a severe blight epidemic in June, and now a new co-formulation, Zorvec Endavia®, is available for this season offering unrivalled control of late blight with 10-day persistence and demonstrable movement into new growth.
Corteva is forging powerful partnerships with organisations which make a difference and enrich the British agricultural industry. Working with LEAF to deliver the unique Resilient & Ready programme, the company is playing a leading role in ensuring environmental and business sustainability.
A new sponsorship agreement to support the business leaders of the future has been made with the Nuffield Farming Scholarships programme.
“We’ve launched ourselves as a leading, global agriculture and seed company with a fantastic pipeline of new and existing products. We’re delivering innovation for farmers here, now and into the future,” said UK & Ireland Country Leader Adrian Gough.
“By forming partnerships with forward-thinking organisations from across UK agriculture we want to strengthen our link with the wider industry as well as the end users of our products.”
Key information about Belkar, Pioneer seeds, Inatreq and the innovative heart of Corteva can be found in the video below from Cereals 2019.
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