“Our considerable investments in corn research and development are delivering strong germplasm and trait innovations that corn growers demand,” says Antonio Galindez, president and CEO, Dow AgroSciences. He says farmers are taking notice of the powerful performance and yield-enhancing technology provided by Dow AgroSciences corn hybrids.
“Dow AgroSciences seems to be one of the front runners in the technology scene and helping you get better yields,” says Steve Carroll of Pontiac, Ill., who farms 1,600 acres in the heart of the Corn Belt.
“What we’re after at the end of the day is yield. Improved genetics, insect control and reduced refuge – all of those things are components of high yield that SmartStax brings to us,” saysMark Guy, a 3,000-acre farmer from Iowa Falls, Iowa, who planted more than half his acres to Dow AgroSciences hybrids this year.
Water utilization also is top of mind with many growers, particularly after the record-setting drought in the central United States last summer. Dow AgroSciences continues to invest in both native and genetic drought tolerance research, with the goal of building corn hybrids with more consistent yield under moisture stress. Corn hybrids from Dow AgroSciences either matched or exceeded yields of competitive drought-tolerant products in 2012 U.S. trials.
“Our corn research and development efforts continue to pay dividends, as we work together to bring solutions that maximize yield potential and return on investment for growers throughout the Americas and the world,” Galindez says.
Galindez points out that Dow AgroSciences’ market share growth in North and South America is particularly meaningful, given the regions’ prominence in corn production. The Americas represented approximately 70 percent of the growth in the world corn seed market from 2010 to 2011. Corn seed sales in the two continents during 2011 totaled $10.5 billion – nearly two-thirds of the $16 billion total global sales figure.
“The Americas are significant players in the global corn market and are of strategic importance to our business. We will continue to invest resources to sustain our growth in these regions, not only in seeds and traits but also in crop protection products that help our customers provide food, fuel and fiber to a growing population,” Galindez says.