Dow and DuPont single agriculture company takes fresh approach to the business of research and development
In Corteva Agriscience’s first major event since it officially started operations on June 3, it showcased new products at its research and development station in Saskatoon.
“Up until that point (June 3) we were under council from Dow and Dupont. Now we are free to do our own thing and become the ag company we said we wanted to be since the merger,” said Bryce Eger, president of Corteva Canada.
Eger spoke to attendees of Corteva’s Saskatoon crop tour in a new shop built to assist in the company’s research and development pipeline.
“In 2019, we launched 27 seed productions and seven crop protection products to the marketplace. That’s 34 product launches in one year,” Eger said.
“None of the legacy companies launched that much in one year.”
Ellis Clayton, technical product manager for Corteva in Western Canada, said it’s a big deal for the company that it can now offer Liberty Link canola varieties.
“Up until this year there was really one supplier of Liberty Link genetics in Western Canada, and that was with BASF, formerly Bayer,” Clayton said.
“Likely over 50 percent of the market we didn’t have access to before with our customer base. Now it opens up that market for us and our products are performing very well.”
The company’s first kick at the can with a Liberty Link hybrid is Brevant B3010m, which was new in 2019 so Corteva has it in strip trials across Western Canada this summer.
“It comes with a new source of clubroot resistance so, so not only does it have resistance for 2, 3, 5, 6 and 8, it also has resistance to 3a, 2b, and 5x, which are the new pathotypes that you’re seeing in the hot box of clubroot around Edmonton, Alta., area,” Clayton said.
He said this variety will help growers rotate their clubroot resistance.
“They (B3011 and B3010M canola varieties) have different sources of clubroot resistance so they can be better stewards to the trait so that we don’t see what’s happening in central Alberta happen in Saskatchewan,” Clayton said.
Brevant B3011 is a variety that needs to be swathed, while Brevant B3010m is the company’s harvest max product growers can straight-cut or swath.
For blackleg, the varieties use the company’s adult plant resistance as a foundation, which he said is a very durable resistance package.
“Now that we have strong adult plant resistance, we’re introducing seedling resistance into that. These liberty products are resistant to blackleg with straight adult resistance in it,” Clayton said.
A new seed treatment, Lumivia CPL, is a non-neonicotinoid-based product for use on cereals, pea, and lentils, that targets wireworm larvae, cutworm larvae, pea leaf weevil, and armyworm in these crops.
“Our new product provides control of cutworm, that existing products don’t provide,” said Lorne Thoen, a Corteva product manager for Canada.
When it comes to wireworms Lumivia CPL targets the pest eating mechanism, which will help reduce the population instead of kicking the can down the road and have the same pest return the following year.
Lumivia CPL was designed to be easy to use by producers and is registered for on-farm application.
“We’ve used everything from a very sophisticated on farm treater down to drip treaters that go into the auger,” Thoen said.
“We’re a very low volume and we’re the insecticide seed treatment part so most of the guys will mix it with a fungicide seed treatment that will help to protect those early seedlings from diseases that are there.”
Lumivia CPL is registered and will be on the market next year.
A new, yet-to-be-named fungicide for oats and barley will help the company focus its use of Acapela fungicide on sclertonia in canola.
“It’s (unnamed fungicide) a dual mode of action for leaf diseases in cereals, and we’re targeting mainly barley and oats, because that’s where we see the biggest fit and where farmers are actually applying at that flag-leaf timing,” Thoen said.
He said growers aren’t spraying as much fungicide at flag-leaf timing anymore and are instead focusing on controlling fusarium, while the market for oat and barley fungicide for leaf disease has actually grown.