GARST SEED Company has announced the introduction of 16 new corn hybrids in addition to the 35 hybrids introduced earlier for the 2005 growing season.

Four of the newest hybrids contain the YieldGard Plus technology for effective in-plant protection against western, northern and Mexican corn rootworms plus protection from European and southwestern corn borers.

The latest Garst hybrids are in the 92 to 117 general relative maturity (GRM) range. Many of them have the Roundup Ready, YieldGard Corn Borer and YieldGard Corn Rootworm technology traits that offer in-plant tolerance to Roundup brand herbicides and protection against European corn borer or corn rootworm.

“Garst continuously strives to advance products that have high-yielding genetic backgrounds and strong agronomics that perform at high levels in the field,” says Jeff Sernett, corn product manager for Garst. “Our goal is to raise performance expectations with each new wave of products we deliver to our customers. We're especially excited to offer our YieldGard Plus products, the latest stacked trait technology. These products offer customers greater tools for managing multiple pests through Garst seed.”

The newest Garst hybrids also are available with Cruiser Extreme Pak, a seed treatment combination of Cruiser seed-applied insecticide and three proven fungicides — Maxim XL, Apron XL and new Dynasty. The fungicides provide protection against all four major fungal groups.

“The Cruiser Extreme Pak treatment provides ultimate plant stand protection so each corn plant can contribute to the crop's maximum yield potential,” says Sernett.

For more information on which new Garst corn hybrids are suited for each area of the country, call toll-free, 888-464-2778, or visit the company Web site at www.garstseed.com.