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3 big companies merged to form Agriscience firm

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By Zac B. Sarian

  • AT THE CORTEVA EDUFARM – James Collins, Jr., chief operating officer (COO) of Corteva Agriscience, attended the launch of the Corteva EduFarm in Pura, Tarlac last June 15. The EduFarm is a demo farm for showcasing the improved rice and corn technologies developed by the company which boasts of premium brands of rice and corn seeds, crop protection products and digital agricultural technology. Collins (second from right) listens to Christian Mallari who explained the rice technologies showcased at the field day.

  • BEAUTIFUL STAND OF RICE – Christian Mallari points to the beautiful stand of rice at the Corteva EduFarm which received protection from weeds as well as pests and diseases. The company has effective herbicides that can eliminate pesky weeds in the field. Corteva has outstanding hybrid rice varieties as well as a high-yielding inbred variety called Rc222.

  • CORN OF THE FUTURE – Adrian Manza shows the beautiful ears of P3530YHR, the so-called “Hybrid of the Future” which has a potential yield of 14 tons per hectare, has high shclling recovery of 80 percent and high quality grains. It has good lodging tolerance and is suitable for high density planting.

  • EARS OF THE CORN OF THE FUTURE – Adrian Manza and Asham Zahid of the DuPont office in Malaysia examine the big ears of P3530YHR which has high-quality kernels with high shelling recovery. Hybrid corn is an important crop in the Philippines to support the country’s livestock and poultry industry. With the new corn hybrids, the Philippines is about self-sufficient in yellow corn which was largely imported in the past ;many years.

  • HYBRID CORN WITH BIG EARS – Adrian Manzo poses with the poster of P3774YHR which produces big ears with as many as 18 rows of kernels per ear. It is the variety planted by Felix G. Ancheta of Cauayan, Isabela, the National Gawad Saka Awardee for 2017 in the corn production category. He harvested an average of 12 tons per hectare.

  • EDUFARM FIELD DAY PARTICIPANTS – More than a hundred rice and corn farmers from Central Luzon and Cagayan Valley attended the launching of the Corteva EduFarm in Pura, Tarlac. The Farm is where the improved rice and corn farming technologies developed by Corteva are showcased for the benefit of farmers. Similar demo farms will be established in other parts of the country. James Collins, Jr., Corteva COO, is 3rd from left in front row with the farmers who attended the field day.

    Three agricultural divisions of two multinational companies have been combined to form a standalone agricultural company known as Corteva Agriscience. The new company is envisioned to maintain leading positions in seed technlogies, crop protection and digital agriculture.

    Merged into one formidable company are DuPont Crop Protection, DuPont Pioneer and Dow Agrisciences.

    In the Philippines, the new company will intensify its programs in hybrid rice and hybrid corn technologies. Pioneer has long been a leading producer and distributor of hybrid corn seeds as well as hybrid rice.

    As one of first steps, it has established the Corteva EduFarm in Pura, Tarlac which was launched on June 15, attended by James Collins, Jr., the company’s chief operating officer (COO). The event was attended by more than a hundred rice and corn farmers from Central Luzon and Cagayan Valley.

    The main aim of the EduFarm is to showcase to the farmers the new technologies that they can use in their farming to produce higher yield with higher quality at reasonable or profitable cost.

    In matters of protecting the rice plants from pesky weeds, Corteva has an arsenal of herbicides that can control important grasses, sedges and broadleaves.  In both rice and corn seeds, Corteva owns leading brands like Pioneer, Mycogene, and the newly launched Brevant seed brands. It also has award-winning crop protection products such as Aproach Prima fungicide and Quelex herbicide with Arylex active. The company will continue bringing new products to market through their solid pipeline of active chemistry and technologies, according to Collins.

    During the field day, the attendees were briefed on the current favorite varieties as well as the variety soon to be released. Called the “Future Hybrid” rice is PHB83 which is resistant to lodging, hence it is less affected by strong winds. It has a potential yield of 13 metric tons or 260 cavans per hectare. What’s more, it has good eating quality.

    Of course, there are the current hybrids which have their own special traits. Delicioso (PHB73), for instance, is soft and very delicious when cooked, qualities that many consumers want.  For long grains, the variety to plant is PHB79 while the Yield Champ (PHB77) is high-yielding with a potential yield of 13 tons per hectare.

    HYBRID CORN – Adrian Manza, Corteva’s corn specialist, was most excited in telling us about P3530YHR, the hybrid corn of the future which has a potential yield of 14 tons per hectare. That’s 280 cavans of 50 kilos per sack. Aside from its high yield, the ears have high shelling recovery of 80 percent. The grains are of high quality, too. The variety is early-medium maturing at 108 to 115 days after planting. It is tolerant to lodging and is also suitable for high density planting

    Another outstanding hybrid corn is P3774YHR which produces big kernels that are compact. The ears are big with as many as 18 rows of kernels compared to many other varieties which may only have 12 or 14 rows.

    Another good performer is P4097YHR which has big kernels that are heavy. It has a potential yield of 14 tons per hectare with a maturity of 116 to 120 days from planting. It has large cobs and excellent ear filling.

    SEED-APPLIED TECH – Corteva is also proud of its seed-applied technologies that can protect the plants in their early stages. The EarlyShield treatment provides complete protection from soil-borne diseases and seedling pests from 0 to 30 days after planting.  The diseases include seedling blight, damping off and seedling rot. In addition, the treatment results in improved seedling vigor.

    AWARDEE AT THE FIELD DAY – Meanwhile, we met a successful rice and corn farmer at the field day who was last year’s National Gawad Saka awardee for corn production. He is Felix G. Ancheta of Cauayan, Isabela, who planted five hectares to R3774, harvesting an average of 12 tons per hectare.

    At the time of harvest, the going price per kilo of yellow corn was P13. However, Ancheta did not sell his corn because he used for mixing his feed for his own piggery. He has a 15-sow piggery with 150 fatteners most of the time.

    During the dry season, he plants hybrid rice on 10 hectares. On the average, he gets 9 tons of palay per hectare. He has mechanized his farming. He has a corn seeder pulled by a tractor which can plant a hectare in 30 minutes. He has two Kubota tractors for his farming operations. While he studied business administration in college, he also took up a vocational course in auto diesel mechanic which has been handy in his mechanized farming.

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