High-Yielding Hybrid Corn In Vietnam

NATALIE HENG ย of The Star, Malaysia (ZBS photo)

NATALIE HENG is holding the maturing ear of a high-yielding hybrid corn at the experimental farm of Syngenta in Ba Ria province in Vietnam.

Called NK 77328, the hybrid is a favorite of Vietnamese farmers because it produces big ears with excellent grain color – dark orange. This is the color that feedmillers prefer. According to Dr. Hardeep Grewal, Syngenta’s corn expert covering the Asia-Pacific region, this hybrid has the potential of producing 8 to 10 tons per hectare. That’s virtually double the average yield of corn in Vietnam which is about 4.5 tons per hectare.

Natalie Heng is a reporter of The Star in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. She was one of the participants in the three-day Syngenta Media Workshop on October 29 to 31, 2012 in Ho Chi Minh City. Part of the workshop was a tour of the Syngenta experimental farm in Ba Ria province.

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