Garst Seed Company is introducing 20 new Garst brand corn hybrids and eight new Garst brand soybean varieties for the 2006 planting season. The latest products are in addition to 31 new corn hybrids and 18 new soybean varieties Garst introduced earlier for 2006.

The latest Garst corn products include nine new hybrids with Agrisure traits including two hybrids (Garst brand 8478 CB/LL GT and Garst brand 8827 CB/LL GT) with stacked Agrisure traits for effective weed and pest management control. The new hybrids combine elite germplasm with the Agrisure CB trait for corn borer resistance and the Agrisure GT trait for glyphosate tolerance.

In addition, growers will find YieldGard, Roundup Ready, LibertyLink and Clearfield traits in the lineup of new hybrids. The new Garst hybrids cover a wide range of maturities — from 78 to 117 general relative maturity (GRM).

“Garst is proud to offer growers even more hybrids with the latest technology and the best genetics and agronomics that will deliver in the field,” says Scott Hart, corn product manager for Garst. “We're especially excited to offer our Agrisure products in the latest stacked trait technology. These new hybrids provide growers with more tools and a choice for managing multiple weeds and pests.”

Growers who plant elite hybrids with the Agrisure traits are also eligible to participate in AgriEdge corn programs, a new set of program offers that helps them manage risk, control costs and maximize yields and profitability.

Garst continues to offer new soybean varieties that have multiple genes and traits with different resistance to protect yield potential. The eight new Garst brand soybean varieties include five varieties that have the Roundup Ready trait, with two of those varieties that offer soybean cyst nematode (SCN) resistance and one that offers SCN and STS resistance. There are three new conventional varieties including one with SCN resistance.

In addition, Garst also offers 18 new NK soybean varieties that range from Group 00 through Group VII maturities. Eleven of the new NK soybean varieties offer the Roundup Ready trait with SCN resistance. One of these varieties offers the Roundup Ready trait with STS resistance.

“Garst offers growers the latest soybean varieties to achieve high yields combined with resistance traits to help manage insects and diseases,” says Mike Schaefer, soybean product manager for Garst. “We are constantly striving to provide varieties with more options and better protection to help meet the needs of growers.”