DEKALB® Genuity® DroughtGard® Hybrids
Farmers now have a new tool to help manage drought conditions with DEKALB® Genuity® DroughtGard® Hybrids.
Research and Development
Through the robust technology pipeline, the DEKALB brand's research and development teams have delivered innovations that improve yields while using fewer inputs, including water. With the DroughtGard Hybrids, this new drought-tolerant biotech trait can increase hydroefficiency under drought stress, which can result in increased kernel number and reduced frequency of barren plants. All of this provides the opportunity to reduce potential yield loss in certain drought conditions.
The new DroughtGard Hybrids are just one part of a larger system aimed to manage risk by mitigating yield loss caused by drought. The combination of germplasm, trait packages and agronomic practices leads to deeper, stronger roots to gather more nutrients from soil, allowing it to thrive better in drought conditions. Visit the DEKALB Root Dig Challenge page to learn why strong roots matter and how the DEKALB brand outperformed the competition in drought conditions.
The Ground Breakers® Trials Program
This past year, DroughtGard Hybrids were tested in the Ground Breakers® trials - a program where farmers planted strip trials and larger plots of up to 40 acres to get real field experience with DroughtGard Hybrids.
- Trials were conducted across the Western Great Plains states, including South Dakota, Nebraska, Kansas, Texas, Oklahoma and Colorado.
- Trials involved approximately 250 farmers and covered up to 10,000 acres.
- Farmer evaluators help provide accurate data to help prepare DroughtGard Hybrids for commercial launch.
The results of the Ground Breakers Trials showed good ear and seed quality, healthier plants, harvest efficiencies, stress tolerance and the potential for higher yield, even in the past year's drought conditions. In these 2012 trials, Ground Breakers Trials showed a yield advantage of more than 5 bushels per acre over competitor hybrids in the Western Great Plains.
To learn more about DroughtGard and when it might be available in your region, please contact your local sales representative.
*Refuge seed may not always contain Genuity DroughtGard