Bayer Crop Science has launched ‘DKC 9188’, a hybrid corn seed for corn farmers in Bihar. DKC 9188 is said to help farmers reap higher yields of superior quality corn in the upcoming Rabi season. Bayer is a global enterprise with core competencies in the life science fields of health care and nutrition. Its products and services are designed to benefit people by supporting efforts to overcome the major challenges presented by a growing and aging global population.
Corn is India’s third-largest cereal crop (after rice and wheat), with cultivation across 9 million hectares. Besides being a staple food crop, corn is used as animal feed & biofuel and finds use in a wide range of industrial food products. This makes corn an emerging cereal crop of significant importance for India’s national food security. Currently, corn production in India stands at 27 million tons, with an average productivity of 3 tons per hectare, compared to global averages of more than 5.8 tons per hectare. USA is the world’s leading corn producer with a production average of 11 metric tons per hectare.
Bihar with its fertile soils and hardworking farmers is India’s leading corn-producing state, accounting for approximately more than two-thirds of Rabi corn production. Corn farmers in Bihar harvest more than 10 metric tons per hectare, far exceeding India’s average corn productivity and quite close to USA’s production levels. To increase India’s overall corn productivity and ensure sustainable farm incomes, farmers need hybrid seeds and efficient crop management to prevent losses caused by diseases and insects.
DKC 9188 is Bayer’s latest product offering from its DEKALB brand portfolio of hybrid corn seeds. Speaking about the new corn hybrid, Simon Wiebusch, chief operating officer, Bayer Crop Science, said, “DKC 9188 with its high yield potential, wider adaptability and strong plant type will empower Bihar’s progressive farmers to boost their corn yields and improve Bihar’s contribution to India’s national corn output. Farmers in the state are already leading the way in terms of corn production and adoption of new technologies. Bayer is committed to support corn farmers with innovative seed and crop protection products along with integrated crop solutions to help them achieve higher productivity and profitability per acre.”
Bayer markets 25 DEKALB hybrids in India, all of which have been bred and developed specifically to suit India’s diverse agronomic and climatic conditions. According to Bayer, DKC 9188 in particular provides better plant strength compared to other hybrids and delivers uniform, long corn cobs and shiny grains with strong yield stability and higher yield potential. This new corn hybrid is said to be suited to multiple soil types and a wider sowing window and provides farmers flexibility in their planting decisions. It is best suited for planting from October 15 onwards and is claimed to help corn farmers achieve high returns even in difficult weather conditions.