New Data Highlights NK Corn and Soybean Products Yield Advantages Compared to Competitive Seed Brands

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DOWNERS GROVE, Ill., USA, Jan. 25, 2023 — NK® Seeds today unveiled new third-party yield data showing NK corn hybrids and soybean varieties outyielded comparable competitive products in 2022. As a new year dawns and farmers look ahead to another growing season, this gives them one more reason to be confident in their decision to plant NK Seeds corn hybrids and soybean varieties across the U.S.

“Despite agronomic and weather challenges in 2022, many farmers reported consistent, high yields on the combine monitor last fall,” says Andy Montgomery, NK Seeds commercial unit head. “New, third-party yield data confirms that this strong performance trend spanned geographies, crops and products, and that should help make farmers confident in their decision to plant NK Seeds in 2023.”

There were several standouts in the NK corn lineup last growing season, showing national yield averages that beat competitive corn seed brands in third-party, head-to-head performance trials.1

For the entire Corn Belt:

  • NK1082-DV had a 2.9 Bu/A advantage over DEKALB products (N = 278)
    A broadly adapted hybrid for all yield environments. Offers excellent yield potential across the Corn Belt with ArtesianTM technology and features a flexible trait offering for a step change in above- and below-ground management.

For the Midwest:

  • NK1188-AA had a 0.7 Bu/A advantage over Pioneer products (N = 428)
    Offers consistent yield potential and agronomics across environments. Farmers will note its attractive plant height and ear placement, improved test weight and grain quality, and dependable drought tolerance.

For the northern Corn Belt:

  • NK9175-DV had an 8.9 Bu/A advantage over DEKALB products (N = 33)
    Notable for its consistent performance that brings exciting yield potential to this maturity range, paired with an exceptional early disease package and outstanding disease tolerance for the Northern Plains.

For the Northern Plains and New England:

  • NK0007-AA had a 1.8 Bu/A advantage over DEKALB products (N = 807)
    For excellent yield potential with strong roots and stalks. Offers outstanding emergence for an early planting option and leading drought tolerance powered by Artesian technology.

For the northern U.S.:

  • NK8760-V had a 4.0 Bu/A advantage over Pioneer products (N = 12)
    A broadly adapted hybrid with excellent yield potential. Provides outstanding drought tolerance for placement on variable soils in tandem with strong emergence that allows for early planting in cool soils.
“This yield data provides a snapshot of our corn hybrids’ end-of-season performance, but NK farmers and our retail partners saw promising signs of success much earlier in the growing season,” says Matt Dolch, NK Seeds corn product manager. “Throughout 2022, farmers and retailers reported consistent stands, strong corn rootworm tolerance, broad adaptability and outstanding disease tolerance — attributes that hinted at a successful season long before the combines ran.”

Soybean Success

NK products showed equally impressive performance on the soybean side when compared with competitors’ products featuring the same traits.2

Across the northern states:

  • NK18-J7E3 had a 1.1 Bu/A advantage over Pioneer products (N = 247)
    Strong genetics for the Enlist E3® soybean trait platform. Performs well across yield environments, including highly productive fields.

Across the Corn Belt:

  • S35-E3 had a 2.0 Bu/A advantage over Pioneer products (N = 146)
    Performance across geographies along with reliable Sudden Death Syndrome tolerance and exceptional Southern Stem Canker protection.

For the Southern Corn Belt and southeastern U.S.:

  • S49-F5X had a 2.1 Bu/A advantage over Asgrow products (N = 72) and a 1.0 Bu/A advantage over Pioneer products (N = 182)
    Fantastic yields with the Excluder gene. Broadly adapted with strong tolerance to Frogeye Leaf Spot and the Rps1k gene with solid tolerance to Southern Stem Canker.

For the Northern Plains and New England:

  • NK05-W3XF had a 2.6 Bu/A advantage over Asgrow products (N = 154)
    Excellent yield potential with stress tolerance. Features the Rps1c gene with strong tolerance to Phytophthora Root Rot and great performance on poorly drained and drought-prone soils.

“Every bushel matters, and these yield results show farmers the powerful punch that our proven genetics and industry-leading traits pack into every variety,” says Jared Benson, NK Seeds soybean product manager. “Even in the face of drought and disease pressure, NK soybean varieties performed well in 2022. We can’t wait to support farmers and help them achieve success again in 2023.”

To view yield performance results for your region, visit nkseeds.com/harvest.

  1. Yield advantages are composites based on the results of 2021-2022 Syngenta first-party, FIRST and other independent third-party trials, when available. Head-to-group comparisons are against products from cited competitor within a ±3 RM and ±3 points of moisture of the corresponding NK product. For more information regarding yield comparisons against an individual product, ask your Syngenta representative.
  2. Yield advantages are composites based on the results of 2021-2022 Syngenta first-party, FIRST and other independent third-party trials, when available. Head-to-group comparisons are against products from cited competitor within a ±0.5 RM of the corresponding NK product. For more information regarding yield comparisons against an individual product, ask your Syngenta representative.
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