It’s not surprising that the newest corn genetics and trait packages are in high demand. Producers continue to clamor for the latest product offerings, which is reflected in the early-season bookings. Top on the list are hybrids with multiple modes of pest control, drought resistance and specific trait packages, as well as combined refuge products.

“Syngenta began gearing up production for our trait packages well in advance of the selling season by ramping up production early,” says Pat Steiner, head of Syngenta’s corn portfolio. “This ramp-up combined with a great growing season should go a long way toward meeting customer demand.”

Jeff Hartz, director of marketing at Wyffels Hybrids, is seeing a shift to corn hybrids with dual modes of action. “The dual modes of action provide more durability to the control of pests like corn rootworm. There can be confusion with some technologies over what is required for refuge with each of them,” he says. “Products with multiple modes of action both above- and belowground are available in lower refuge-in-bag blends, and a grower is not required to plant any additional structured refuge.  They’re convenient and protect more acres from more pests.”

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Tom Strachota, general manager for Dairyland Seed, says the stacked-trait refuge product lineup is up dramatically for 2014.

“This is the product in greatest demand by growers. We have emphasized these stacks in our production plan, as they are strong genetics which keep refuge and compliance simple for our customers,” he says.

Strachota also says there is a smaller, yet firm, demand for conventional hybrids.

Specific soybean products

For soybeans, seed suppliers continue to see increased demand for the newest technology traits combined with the latest genetic packages.

“Across the board, growers are asking for soybeans that will maximize yield under the particular growing conditions and agronomic challenges found in their fields,” says Andre Trepanier, DuPont Pioneer senior marketing manager for soybeans. “We have expanded our elite product offerings and trait packages across more maturity zones.”

Doug Tigges, soybean product manager with Syngenta, says the latest genetics are normally most popular, “especially when it comes to the newest herbicide-tolerant traits.”