Two new corn hybrids from Bayer Crop Science topped the recent government-led corn competition in three Mindanao sites, namely Davao de Oro (Compostela Valley), Davao City and Malungon, Sarangani. The derby was undertaken by the Department of Agriculture together with the agricultural offices in the three sites.
Bayer’s DEKALB 8719S produced the highest yield in Compostela Valley with 14.85 MT per hectare. In Davao City, the same hybrid produced the highest yield with 14.12 MT per hectare.
Meanwhile, another Bayer hybrid, DEKALB 8899S, garnered second place in Davao City with 13.38 MT per hectare.
Samuel D. Ontic, DA Malungon municipal corn coordinator, said the government anticipates more farmers will be encouraged to plant corn as the new varieties offer bigger profitability. He added that the purpose of the derby was to show farmers the best corn varieties suitable in their areas.