Golden Harvest® portfolio expands with 37 new corn hybrids and 17 new soybean varieties for 2019

  • 2019 Golden Harvest hybrids and varieties outperform Pioneer®, DeKalb® and Asgrow® in replicated trials1
  • Expanded list of Enogen® and Enogen Feed hybrids offers even more value-added opportunities for farmers growing corn for ethanol or as livestock feed, respectively
  • Latest corn hybrids include cutting-edge Agrisure® traits for above- and below-ground insect control; soybean varieties feature the best, most complete defense packages

MINNETONKA, Minn., USA, June 27, 2018Golden Harvest® is growing its strong portfolio for the 2019 planting season with the release of 37 new corn hybrids—21 of which are from our 16 new genetic families—and 17 new soybean varieties. Earlier this year, Golden Harvest announced it would benefit from an incremental $400 million investment. The breadth and quality of its 2019 seed portfolio showcases that pledge.

“We’re excited about how well the new Golden Harvest hybrids are performing against the competition,” said Ashley Giese, Golden Harvest corn product manager. “When farmers choose Golden Harvest hybrids for next season, they are choosing to maximize the genetic potential of every acre.”

In trials against DeKalb®, Golden Harvest won an estimated 59 percent of plots with a 4.76 bushel-per-acre (bu/A) average yield advantage. Compared to Pioneer®, Golden Harvest corn hybrids won an estimated 57 percent of the plots and averaged 3.78 bu/A higher.2

“Our new hybrids are adapted to fit many unique field environments,” said Giese. “The new class provides additional yield potential and agronomic advantages in our earlier and mid- to late-season hybrids.”

The 2019 Golden Harvest hybrids span in relative maturity from 78 to 118 days and feature proven genetics protected by high-performing Agrisure® traits andtechnologies:

  • Twelve hybrids will include the Agrisure Duracade® trait, which provides a unique mode of action to control corn rootworm and preserve the yield potential of elite corn hybrids.
  • Ten hybrids will feature the Agrisure Viptera® trait, which offers the most comprehensive above-ground insect control and is the only trait available today that effectively controls western bean cutworm.
  • Four hybrids will contain Agrisure Duracade 5222 E-Z Refuge®, the most advanced trait stack on the market, combining the Agrisure Duracade and Agrisure Viptera traits for control of 16 above- and below-ground insects.
  • Two hybrids will contain Agrisure Viptera 3330 E-Z Refuge, the newest above-ground-only trait stack in the Agrisure portfolio that features three modes of action against above-ground insects, reducing the need for scouting and costly rescue treatments.
  • Eight Agrisure Artesian® hybrids will help maximize yield when it rains and increase yield when it doesn’t, via the most advanced corn water technology on the market.
  • Twenty-eight hybrids will be available as E-Z Refuge seed blend products, providing convenient, integrated single-bag refuge offerings.

In select geographies, Golden Harvest will also offer seven new Enogen® hybrids for a total of 31 options available for 2019 planting. Featuring an in-seed innovation that benefits farmers marketing grain to participating ethanol plants and those producing grain or silage for livestock feed, eight to 17 hybrids are available in each sales region. In the ethanol market, Enogen grain enhances the ethanol production process by improving process efficiency, while Enogen Feed helps increase the level of available energy when incorporated into dairy or beef cattle rations.

Golden Harvest soybeans are also more than standing their ground against competitor varieties. The 2019 Golden Harvest soybean class outyielded the Pioneer portfolio by 1.7 bu/A in more than 1,100 replicated trials and beat Asgrow® varieties by 0.8 bu/A in more than 500 replicated plots. 3

“When combining the strength of the Golden Harvest portfolio with our newly released Roundup Ready 2 Xtend® varieties, we’ve seen the performance of our portfolio improve exponentially,” said Dennis Storm, Golden Harvest soybean product manager. “As Golden Harvest R&D efforts are continually bringing forward the highest-yielding genetics coupled with industry-leading agronomic defense packages, farmers planting Golden Harvest soybeans are going to win.”

The 17 new Golden Harvest varieties span in relative maturity from 0.06 to 4.9 and provide the following technology for additional defense against weed resistance:

  • Twelve contain Roundup Ready 2 Xtend technology, three of which are equipped with Sulfonyl-Urea Tolerant Soybeans (STS®) herbicide tolerance and may reduce resistance to ALS-inhibitors, allowing higher application rates on select herbicides.
  • Five include LibertyLink® technology, one of which has STS herbicide tolerance.

Golden Harvest soybeans protect against many of today’s toughest challenges, such as soybean cyst nematodes, sudden death syndrome, brown stem rot and Phytophthora root rot.

The new 2019 hybrids and varieties further build upon a portfolio engineered to equip farmers with agronomic options for all field types, soil characteristics and weather conditions. The Golden Harvest portfolio is available from Golden Harvest Seed Advisors, who combine potentially high-yielding seed options with local agronomic knowledge and tailored field recommendations. To find your local, independent Seed Advisor and gain more information on Golden Harvest hybrids and varieties, visit

1 Golden Harvest field trials for corn and soybeans, based on 2017 data from multiple locations across the US and Canada
2 Golden Harvest field trials for corn, based on 2017 data from multiple locations across the US and Canada
3 Golden Harvest field trials for soybeans, based on 2017 data from multiple locations across the US and Canada

Golden Harvest farmers will benefit from an incremental $400 million
investment over the next five years, starting with new hybrids and varieties
for 2019 planting. (Photo credit: Golden Harvest)

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