Syngenta takes bet

Major agricultural research companies see a world of challenge and opportunity unfolding ahead of them. The world’s population is quickly expanding, while the planet itself seems to get smaller every day.

These companies know an army of farmers supplied with the latest technology will be needed to feed, clothe and house all those people. In modern times, farmers are needed to provide energy for the world as well.

Syngenta is betting it’ll be ahead of the curve when it comes to providing the needed technology. The company recently held its Syngenta Demo Days in the Pavilion at the Coliseum Complex in Greensboro, N.C., where it showed off some of its latest research developments to several hundred visitors.

Key Points

Event informs visitors on Syngenta goals and products.

Global company has big ag plans on its planet-sized plate.

Numerous products will be released in 2014 or sooner.


One of those checking out this cutting-edge research was North Carolina Commissioner of Agriculture Steve Troxler.

“When you look at the future of agriculture and you try to frame it around the parameters we’ll be dealing with, we pretty much know we are going to have to do more with less,” Troxler said.

“We know water is going to be a huge issue. We know nutrients are going to be an issue, both from an environmental standpoint and an availability standpoint. … All of this plays into the research that Syngenta does.”

A company with worldwide reach, Syngenta has several facilities in the Carolinas, including Syngenta Biotechnology in Research Triangle Park, N.C., and Syngenta Crop Protection in Greensboro. The company’s product portfolio is thick and its new product pipeline is long.

Proud of its portfolio

Syngenta has released a number of new products recently and plans to release at least a half dozen more products before 2014. These will include cyantraniliprole insecticide, bicylopyrone herbicide, sedaxane seed-care fungicide and SYN 192 crop-protection products, all in late development stages.

Invinsa, a crop stress-tolerance product, is in an earlier stage of development, but is also expected to come onto the market before 2014.

The company has recently updated its corn seed pipeline, too, with Avicta Complete corn, Agrisure Viptera and Agrisure Artesian, all launched in 2010. Agrisure E-Z Refuge and Agrisure next-generation RW are all in late stages of development. In addition, Enogen and CarbYield are in late development.

With Syngenta’s worldwide investment, the list of crops that it has an interest in is extensive.

The company is the inventor of the genetically engineered corn for ethanol known as corn amylase, and is devoted to further enhancing ethanol products.

It is also working to improve a wide variety of high-value vegetable, fruit and specialty crops, including the grapes that are important in the wine-making areas of the Carolinas and Virginias.

Some research is very important in developments worldwide, even though most farmers in the Carolina-Virginia region may be largely unfamiliar with them.

Plene sugarcane, for example, was released in 2011, with “innovative technology that allows more frequent replanting and, therefore, higher yields and less impact.” Company officials at Demo Days noted that these sugarcane enhancements will have a major impact on farmers in Central and South American countries, particularly Brazil.

This article published in the July, 2012 edition of CAROLINA-VIRGINIA FARMER.

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