The rapid increase in the number of available hybrid corn genetics, traits and stack combinations has added convenience to modern crop production, but it also adds a new level of complexity to the planting process.

NK is introducing a new hybrid naming system as part of the 2008 NK product launch to simplify the choices and help corn growers more quickly identify the traits in the hybrids they are planting.

“For the 2008 planting season, we are excited to be offering more trait and stacked choices than ever before,” said Marshall Kostiuk, NK corn marketing manager with Syngenta.

“In addition to providing our customers a range of productivity solutions, we want to give them the tools to manage those choices in the most convenient and efficient way. That is why we are implementing an updated naming system for NK hybrids.”

Using two basic components — a hybrid series and a trait designator — the new NK system will enable growers to easily recognize related hybrids with characteristics adapted to their farms and to efficiently select the desired Agrisure insect and herbicide traits.

The new hybrid series label, which will be used as the first part of each hybrid name, allows for quick identification of different trait versions of hybrids developed from the same base genetics.

Hybrids within a series generally share common agronomic features and positioning recommendations. The two-digit number also indicates the relative maturity of the hybrids.

In each hybrid name, the new Agrisure trait designator follows the hybrid series and serves to indicate herbicide tolerance and insect resistance traits included. Future traits and stack combinations will be accommodated by updating the trait designator.

For 2008 planting, growers can select from an NK hybrid lineup with 15 completely new NK hybrid series, ranging in maturity from 75 days to 115 days, plus additions to current hybrid series for a total of 91 new hybrids.

“These 15 latest hybrid series feature more than 40 new hybrids with a variety of trait and stacked trait combinations and one conventional hybrid, providing our growers with an unprecedented amount of new options with trusted NK germplasm,” Kostiuk said.

“Developed through the strong Syngenta pipeline of high-performing genetics and biotechnology research, they add even more freedom of choice to the already broad NK brand hybrid portfolio.”

Nearly all of the new hybrids feature Agrisure traits for insect control and weed management options as the basis for productivity solutions that, in combination with Syngenta crop protection products, can provide more yield and profit.

In addition, all 91 hybrids feature agronomic characteristics for maximum performance across varied environments and management situations, including continuous corn acres.

For more information about NK hybrids, contact your NK retailer or representative, or visit www.nk-us.com.