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In a move that could open up that nation to more potential corn exports from the U.S., Chinese officials announced Tuesday they've approved the MIR 162 trait -- better known as Syngenta's Agrisure Viptera -- for corn imports, reports show. The nation's ban of the GMO technology had previous impeded U.S. exports to China, industry leaders say.The Tuesday Viptera announcement precedes a visit from a Chinese trade delegation to Chicago later this week, when analysts and traders say leaders could announce another considerable import purchase of U.S. soybeans.Chat the Viptera announcement Important progress: China Approves Syngenta's Corn Seed Trait After Months Of Resistance http://t.co/tNMfutFheZ — Twitter (@RobbFraley) 2014-12-16T18:22:57Z RT @RobbFraley: Important progress: China Approves Syngenta's Corn Seed Trait After Months Of Resistance http://t.co/tNMfutFheZ — Twitter (@SilverEdgeCoop) 2014-12-16T18:52:44Z RT @marketjournal: Reports: China approves Syngenta's Viptera corn: http://t.co/T7TPqmky3P — Twitter (@croptechcafe) 2014-12-16T18:47:31Z RT @RobbFraley: Important progress: China Approves Syngenta's Corn Seed Trait After Months Of Resistance http://t.co/tNMfutFheZ — Twitter (@farmerclifford) 2014-12-16T18:33:20Z According to this article, #Viptera approved in China http://t.co/s2CgwrXqss — Twitter (@staceybruff) 2014-12-16T18:46:37Z China approves Syngenta's Viptera corn: reports http://t.co/HBusJWi2oa — Twitter (@ReutersCommods) 2014-12-16T18:44:05Z China approves Syngenta's Viptera corn: reports http://t.co/OWfIU4y6I5 — Twitter (@ReutersUS) 2014-12-16T18:41:53Z #reutersnews China approves Syngenta's Viptera corn: reports http://t.co/Y5hJvWQhVb #usa #news — Twitter (@us_news_update) 2014-12-16T18:39:50Z
Bayer CropScience announced the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has approved its application for the registration of ILeVO. ILeVO protects the root system against infections caused by the Sudden Death Syndrome fungus and has activity against nematodes in the seed zone.ILeVO will give soybean growers a new option to protect their crops from the fungus that causes Soybean Sudden Death Syndrome (SDS) and nematodes, specifically the Soybean Cyst Nematode (SCN) – two of the top five yield-robbing pests in soybeans. Until now, there was no seed treatment available to protect soybean plants against both SDS and nematodes, explained company spokespeople.“Our field trials have shown that soybean seeds treated with ILeVO early in the season give valuable yield benefit across geographies and seed varieties,” said Jennifer Riggs, Bayer SeedGrowth product development manager. “Bayer CropScience is very excited to bring the first seed treatment fungicide/nematicide solution for SDS and major nematodes to the market.”According to the United Soybean Board, from 2009 to 2011, average losses from SDS in the United States were estimated at 42 million bushels per year, and the disease is spreading and intensifying.During research and field trials from 2011-2014, ILeVO was used on 181 fields with visual symptoms of SDS. In those trials, yield benefits ranged from 4 to 10 bu/A over untreated seeds with visual SDS symptoms. Even when foliar symptoms are not present, growers still see an average yield increase of 2 bu/A when using ILeVO because of protection against root rot, explained Brad May, head of SeedGrowth marketing at Bayer CropScience.The impact on yield depends on the growth stage at the onset of symptoms, as yield losses are greater when symptoms develop in early reproductive stages. By protecting the root system early in the growth stages, specifically the seed zone, against the SDS fungus and nematodes, it allows the plant to be healthier from the start for higher yield potential. "ILeVO is exciting chemistry because it controls SCN in seed zone. Now you can control SDS and SCN," said May. "Pair that with Poncho/VOTiVO, which are the insecticide and the biological controls, and there’s nothing better at getting the maximum soybean yields." Daren Mueller, Iowa State University Extension plant pathologist said growers should focus on an integrated approach to SDS management.“While we do have some levels of resistance to the disease in many of the maturity groups, there are no soybeans that are completely immune to SDS. Having an integrated management approach with the addition of products such as ILeVO would provide a sound set of tools for growers to protect their crop when resistance may not be enough. We’ve tested ILeVO, and it appears to be a very effective product in preventing damage from SDS,” said Mueller.
The American Seed Trade Association (ASTA) today announced a three-year communications effort to educate consumers. The goal is to reach beyond the seed industry to educate the general public about the role of seed and seed improvement in our lives. ASTA commissioned a survey and found consumers underappreciate the role of seed until they are presented with specific examples of the environmental, economic, and health benefits of seed. More than 600 moms, millennials, and “food-focused” people were surveyed. These three consumer segments are recognized for driving conversation around food issues and have significant purchasing power – to measure consumer awareness regarding the role seed innovation plays in improving quality of life.“The agricultural industry recognizes the significance of seed innovations and that many of the things that improve our quality of life can be traced back to a seed,” said ASTA president and CEO Andy LaVigne. “But, when we reach beyond the industry, we realize we have work to do in educating people about the value of seed and seed improvement.”“To support the good work of our member companies, we are launching a three-year communications effort to reach consumers about the importance of seed improvement,” said John Schoenecker, ASTA Board Chair. “Our hope is to increase awareness among consumers about the diversity of the seed industry, the value of crops and food produced from improved seed and the impact it has on their daily lives now and into the future.” According to LaVigne, research results revealed that the work of the seed industry is generally undervalued among educated consumers. Yet three in four educated consumers believe that the role of technology in agriculture is important.However, when the same groups were provided additional information regarding the specific benefits of seed improvement, they began to show appreciation and a greater understanding of the impact of seed innovation. Specifically, survey respondents were provided examples of seed improvements in areas of food, feed, fuel and fiber. Total positive impressions among millennials increased by 18%, total positive impressions among moms increased by 13% and total positive impressions among foodies increased by 16%, shared LaVigne. “These results are extremely encouraging,” said LaVigne. ASTA also provided topline results highlighting seed improvements and associated benefits that had the most resonance across the three consumer groups. Below are the results. Seed improvements allow farmers to produce more food from the same land. 76% of overall consumers viewed positively. Seed improvements result in foods that are healthier and provide better nutrition. 70% of overall consumers viewed positively. Seed improvements allow family farmers to sustain their way of life for generations to come. 69% of overall consumers viewed positively. In conjunction with its new data and educational announcement, ASTA shared a video highlighting how seed is creating better life. ASTA plans to unveil its new communications efforts during its 132nd Annual Convention to be held in Washington, D.C., June 17–20, 2015.