Syngenta Crop Protection and Pioneer Hi-Bred, a DuPont business, have announced an agreement to promote glyphosate-based Touchdown herbicides, Quilt fungicide, and Pioneer brand corn hybrids and soybean varieties for the 2008 growing season.

The program is national in scope and applies to Touchdown Total and Touchdown HiTech non-selective herbicides, as well as Quilt fungicide for corn. All three Syngenta Crop Protection products are eligible for financing through the TruChoice Opportunity Program from Pioneer. The TruChoice Opportunity Program is an extension of the deferred payment financing program from Pioneer for qualified crop protection products.

In addition, growers planting Pioneer seed products and using these Syngenta products will be eligible for financial incentives.

Growers using Quilt fungicide and either Touchdown Total or Touchdown HiTech on their Pioneer corn acres are eligible for a Corn Offer on these products.

Pioneer soybean customers using either Touchdown product can receive a Soybean Protection Offer in case of replant or crop loss due to weather.

“The collaborative effort between Syngenta and Pioneer will provide growers with more options for maximizing their profits and minimizing their risks,” said Dan Hinderliter, Touchdown brand manager, Syngenta Crop Protection.

“We are excited to bring corn and soybean growers a strong combination of leading Pioneer genetics and products from Syngenta that help maximize yield potential,” added Todd Frazier, Pioneer marketing director.

This is the first time TruChoice will include glyphosate-based herbicides.

Touchdown Total combines a highly concentrated glyphosate formulation with a complete adjuvant package. Touchdown HiTech is a straight glyphosate for those who prefer to customize their surfactants and additives.

“With Touchdown Total and Touchdown HiTech in the TruChoice Program portfolio, Pioneer growers can finance more of their operating costs while getting superior glyphosate products backed by Syngenta Crop Protection's best-in-class service, support and assurances,” said Hinderliter.

The Quilt fungicide component provides control options for damaging corn diseases like gray leaf spot that can occur more frequently as growers move to less tillage and grow more corn-on-corn.

“We've discovered that Quilt goes beyond disease control with physiological benefits that improve Plant Performance. These benefits include delayed senescence, improved carbon dioxide assimilation, and increased water use efficiency,” said Jamie Eichorn, Quilt brand manager, Syngenta Crop Protection.

“In 130 on-farm trials, Quilt application at R1 increased yields by an average of 15.5 bushels per acre.”

For more information on Touchdown Total, Touchdown HiTech and Quilt, please visit www.farmassist.com. For more information about Pioneer corn hybrids, soybean varieties, and/or the TruChoice Opportunity Program, go to www.pioneer.com.