Growers report high satisfaction with Seminis sweet corn

• The survey respondents included commercial growers in over 20 states who farmed anywhere from one acre to over 100 acres of sweet corn in 2012 and included large roadside growers, grower shippers and grower shipper/packers. Of those surveyed, 93 percent reported a marketable yield advantage over their conventional sweet corn grown in the same season.

In its first year of commercialization, growers across the country reported high satisfaction with the Seminis Performance Series Sweet Corn system thanks to its marketable yield potential compared to conventional sweet corn and excellent weed and insect control.

“Our survey showed a 91 percent overall satisfaction rating for the advantage of growing Seminis Performance Series sweet corn compared to conventional sweet corn with 68 percent of those surveyed saying they were “extremely satisfied,” explained John Headrick, Monsanto’s sweet corn Global Product Manager.

“These results indicate that Seminis Performance Series sweet corn brought significant value to our customers in its first year of commercialization.”

The survey respondents included commercial growers in over 20 states who farmed anywhere from one acre to over 100 acres of sweet corn in 2012 and included large roadside growers, grower shippers and grower shipper/packers. Of those surveyed, 93 percent reported a marketable yield advantage over their conventional sweet corn grown in the same season.  

“In addition to these survey results, we received very positive feedback from our customers throughout the 2012 season for Seminis Performance Series sweet corn,” said Headrick. “Aside from the marketable yield advantage and excellent pest control, we heard a lot of comments about the great taste too.”

Gabriel Carpenter from Dryden, N.Y., grew Seminis Performance Series sweet corn for the first time in 2012. “I was very impressed with the weed control without any sacrifice to quality or yield,” said Carpenter. “The flavor was terrific, customers were happy, pickers were happy, I was happy.”

Russ Monson from Manlius, Ill., also grew Seminis Performance Series sweet corn for the first time on his farm in 2012. “It was some of the cleanest fields, cleanest ears, healthiest plants I've ever seen. It was some of the best tasting corn I've ever eaten also,” explained Monson. “This is a great achievement in sweet corn.”

Seminis Performance Series sweet corn is an insect-protected, glyphosate-tolerant sweet corn that became available for planting for commercial fresh market use in the United States in the fall of 2011. Available in several of the most popular Seminis Vegetable Seeds, Inc. sweet corn varieties, Seminis Performance Series sweet corn contains biotechnology traits that provide above- and below-ground protection against damage by European corn borers, fall armyworms, corn rootworms and other insect pests as well as resistance to Roundup PowerMax and Roundup WeatherMax agricultural herbicides for weed control.

The Roundup Ready technology allows increased flexibility through a wider window of application, exceptional weed control and enables environmental and economic benefits of conservation tillage. This product also helps farmers reduce insecticide applications to conserve resources and protect the environment by allowing the grower to make fewer passes through the field.

For more information about Monsanto Vegetable Seeds, visit www.monsantovegetableseeds.com.

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