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Ontario Grain Farmer Magazine is the flagship publication of Grain Farmers of Ontario and a source of information for our province’s grain farmers. 

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Syngenta adds new Agrisure Duracade Trait to expanding corn portfolio
Syngenta Canada Inc. is pleased to introduce the Agrisure Duracade™ trait to Canadian growers for the 2014 season. Agrisure Duracade features a novel mode of action for management of corn rootworm that is distinct from the Agrisure® RW trait. The Duracade trait is the first corn rootworm trait launched with insect resistance management and the preservation of technology durability in mind. It will be available to Canadian corn growers in Agrisure Duracade 5122 and Agrisure Duracade 5222 trait stacks. Both stacks will be available with E-Z Refuge™, five percent refuge blended in the bag, offering the simplicity and convenience of automatic refuge compliance.


Through their incessant root feeding, corn rootworms stunt plant growth and limit ear fill. By reducing water and nutrient uptake of plants, larval root pruning places severe physiological stress on corn and results in significant yield reduction.

To combat these pests, the Duracade trait is stacked with Agrisure RW, combining elements of both lepidopteran-active and coleopteran-active protein, which results in superior control of Western corn rootworm and Northern corn rootworm. This trait stack features the industry’s first hybrid Bt insect control protein for coleopteran pests.

Agrisure Duracade 5122 combines the Agrisure Duracade trait with the trusted Agrisure RW trait for two modes of action, the Agrisure CB/LL trait for control of corn borer, the Herculex® I trait for an additional mode of action against corn borer and for broad lepidopteran control, and the Agrisure GT trait for glyphosate tolerance.

Agrisure Duracade 5222 includes the same traits as Agrisure Duracade 5122 in addition to the Agrisure Viptera® trait for breakthrough control of the multi-pest complex, a collection of the most destructive lepidopteran corn pests.

Announcing AALP Class 15
Class 15 of the Advanced Agricultural Leadership Program (AALP) has been selected. These current and emerging leaders within Ontario’s agriculture, agri-food and rural sectors will begin their AALP journey on September 8, 2013 at their first seminar in Stratford, Ontario.
“Class 15 represents 30 years of AALP, making it one of the longest-running ag leadership programs in the world. An important aspect of Class 15, as with every class before it, is the diversity of the group – diversity in background, age and occupation,” says Teresa van Raay, chair of the AALP advisory committee.
There are 16 females and 13 males in the class, and they range in age from 23 to 59. Seven class members are primary producers of vegetables, field and cash crops, poultry, dairy, hogs, beef and sheep. Another eight of the group are actively involved in primary agriculture, while also working in the agri-business and agri-food sectors, non-government and commodity associations, provincial and federal governments and their agencies. Included amongst the participants of AALP Class 15 is Tom Farfaras, Grain Farmers of Ontario’s Manager of Finance and Administration.
Van Raay says, “Looking at the quality of people in this class makes me even more excited to be part of agriculture. Their enthusiasm is absolutely contagious and they will be able to make an even bigger difference to our industry because of their AALP experience.”
During the 19-month program, AALP participants learn about leadership and organizational development theories and practices, government and political processes, economics, trade policy, global affairs, sector and industry related issues in Ontario and globally through North American and International study travel components. 
AALP is delivered by the Rural Ontario Institute (ROI).  Established in 1984, the Advanced Agricultural Leadership Program (AALP) has graduated over 400 leaders who are now making a positive difference across Ontario and beyond. For more information visit


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