Cool, wet soils defined Upper Midwest growing season, but Golden Harvest® corn and soybeans prove resilient

  • Yield reports show that Golden Harvest hybrids and varieties performed well despite challenging conditions
  • Agrisure® traits protect genetic potential against many of today’s toughest field threats
  • Golden Harvest Seed Advisors add local knowledge to optimize field placement

MINNETONKA, Minn., USA, Nov. 28, 2017 – Moisture and temperatures challenged Upper Midwest farmers all season long – from delayed planting through a delayed harvest – but yield reports indicate that Golden Harvest® corn and soybeans are ending 2017 strong. Powered by broad genetic diversity and high-performing traits and technologies, Golden Harvest hybrids and varieties offer farmers agronomic options for various field types, soil characteristics and weather conditions.

“This was definitely a year defined by cool temperatures and wet soils. First crops were slow to get in the ground, then soybeans faced an uptick in white mold. The late harvest was just one more challenge to deal with,” said Steve Wilkens, a Golden Harvest agronomy manager based in Wisconsin. “Growers often find themselves at the mercy of the weather, and that’s where the agronomic qualities of Golden Harvest hybrids and varieties come in strong. Farmers can set themselves up for success no matter what Mother Nature decides to do.”

Golden Harvest corn is bred to perform well in a range of environments, with Agrisure® traits and technologies – including Agrisure Duracade®, Agrisure Viptera® and Agrisure Artesian® – protecting yield potential through proven insect control and water optimization. E-Z Refuge® options provide convenient, integrated single-bag refuge offerings. In Minnesota and Wisconsin, top 2017 performers so far include:

  • G96V99-3120 E-Z Refuge brand, a hybrid that offers broad adaptability and strong agronomics that help manage risk. In trials across the Upper Midwest, it outperformed all Pioneer® and DeKalb® hybrids by an average of 7 and 2.5 bushels per acre (bu/A), respectively.1
  • G98L17-3000GT brand, which features strong stalks and late-season plant health. The hybrid outyielded all Pioneer hybrids by an average of 2.6 bu/A in regional trials.2

Golden Harvest also offers soybean producers many proven performance-class varieties across a wide range of relative maturities. These varieties protect against many of today’s toughest challenges, including soybean cyst nematodes, sudden death syndrome, brown stem rot and Phytophthora root rot. Top varieties in Minnesota and Wisconsin this season include:

  • GH2041X brand, which provides strong white mold tolerance. It bested all Pioneer varieties by an average of 2 bu/A in the Upper Midwest.3
  • GH1915X brand, which is noted for its compact stature and season-long standability. The variety outyielded all Asgrow® varieties by an average of 2 bu/A in comparisons across the region.4

All Golden Harvest hybrids and varieties are sold exclusively by independent Golden Harvest Seed Advisors, whose local expertise helps identify the best seed-to-field fit to maximize performance. In select geographies, these Seed Advisors also provide access to Enogen® hybrids, featuring an in-seed innovation that benefits farmers marketing grain to ethanol plants and those producing grain or silage for livestock feed. In the ethanol market, Enogen grain enhances the ethanol production process by improving process efficiency, while the same technology increases the value of feed for dairy or beef cattle due to improved fiber and starch digestibility.

For more yields and information on Golden Harvest hybrids and varieties, and to find your local Golden Harvest Seed Advisor, visit For harvest updates, follow #AcetheAcre on Twitter and Instagram, and visit the @GldnHarvest Facebook page.

1Based on 71 head-to-group comparisons in Minnesota, Wisconsin and Iowa, 2017
2Based on 32 head-to-group comparisons in Minnesota, Wisconsin and Iowa, 2017
3Based on 33 head-to-group comparisons in Minnesota, Wisconsin and Iowa, 2017
4Based on 35 head-to-group comparisons in Minnesota, Wisconsin and Iowa, 2017

About Golden Harvest
Golden Harvest Seeds has been Rooted in Genetics, Agronomy and ServiceSM since 1973, offering in-depth seeds expertise combined with the local agronomic know-how of an independent Seed Advisor to maximize yield on each field. Today, every Golden Harvest hybrid and variety is bred with the individual needs of hardworking farmers in mind. Find more information at Follow us on Twitter at and like us on Facebook at

About Syngenta
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©2017 Syngenta, 11055 Wayzata Boulevard, Minnetonka, MN 55305. Important: Always read and follow label and bag tag instructions. Golden Harvest® soybean varieties are protected under granted or pending U.S. variety patents and other intellectual property rights, regardless of the trait(s) within the seed. The Genuity® Roundup Ready 2 Yield® and Roundup Ready 2 Xtend® traits may be protected under numerous United States patents. It is unlawful to keep Golden Harvest® soybeans, Genuity® Roundup Ready 2 Yield® or Roundup Ready 2 Xtend® soybeans for planting or transfer to others for use as a planting seed. Roundup Ready 2 Yield®, Roundup Ready 2 Xtend®, Genuity®, Genuity and Design and Genuity Icons are trademarks used under license from Monsanto Technology LLC. Under federal and local laws, only dicamba-containing herbicides registered for use on dicamba-tolerant varieties may be applied. See product labels for details and tank mix partners. Agrisure®, Agrisure Artesian®, Agrisure Duracade®, Agrisure Viptera®, Enogen®, E-Z Refuge®, Golden Harvest®, and Rooted in Genetics, Agronomy and ServiceSM are trademarks of a Syngenta Group Company. All other trademarks are property of their respective owners.


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