Performance Series® Sweet Corn Products
What is Performance Series Sweet Corn?
Performance Series® is the brand name given to Seminis® products that have been developed to deliver the highest level of innovation, value, and reliability available in the vegetable seed market. These seed products were created for growers seeking breeding innovations and technologies that can help maximize their growing potential. The brand’s ground-breaking attributes can help growers get the most potential out of every seed and achieve improved levels of performance.
Seminis® Performance Series® sweet corn, developed through biotechnology was the first product in our Performance Series® portfolio of premium products and is currently available in the United States and Canada for planting for commercial fresh market use.
These high-quality sweet corn seeds offer competitive advantages to growers by providing them with protection from select above*- and below**- ground insect pests, as well tolerance to in-crop applications of Roundup WeatherMAX®, Roundup PowerMAX®*** and Roundup PowerMAX® II*** agricultural herbicides. Taken together, these features enhance the quality, growth and yield potential of the product, and reduce your potential need for insecticides when used with an effective insect management program.
Although Performance Series® sweet corn was introduced under the Seminis® vegetable seed brand in 2011, sweet corn growers have been growing competitor’s biotechnology-derived sweet corn containing the beneficial and naturally occurring Bt protein (Bacillus thuringiensis) for nearly 19 years .
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Advantages of Performance Series® sweet corn
This genetically enhanced sweet corn provides protection against damage by common pests such as European corn borers, corn earworms, fall armyworms and corn rootworms. In fact, Performance Series sweet corn was the first sweet corn product to offer protection against corn rootworm larvae. This extensive range of above*- and below**-ground insect pest protection results in a better plant root system that strengthens the yield potential of marketable ears per acre.
In addition, Performance Series sweet corn contains Roundup Ready® technology, the cornerstone of weed management programs on many farms. The Roundup Ready® technology that is built into Performance Series® sweet corn seed controls a wide spectrum of weeds with excellent crop safety to in-crop applications of labeled Roundup WeatherMAX®, Roundup PowerMAX®*** and Roundup PowerMAX® II*** agricultural herbicides when applied according to label directions and encourages the use of conservation tillage.
With advanced plant protection and improved weed control options, you can expect outstanding yield potential as you harvest full, quality ears. Taste and flavor are on par with the conventional sweet corn hybrids, such as Obsession and Passion****.
Support for cost-effective practices
Through biotechnology, Seminis® Performance Series® sweet corn enables growers to reduce the potential need for insecticide applications when used with an effective insect management program and, with its related fuel use, thereby reducing overall input costs depending on your environment.
Because this sweet corn contains the naturally occurring Bt protein –which is often used as an insecticide by organic farmers – the insect pest protection offered by Performance Series® sweet corn allows growers to reduce the potential need for insecticides when used with an effective insect management program.
The inclusion of Roundup Ready® technology in Performance Series® sweet corn also provides environmental and economic benefits through conservation tillage.
Growers report high satisfaction with Seminis Performance Series® Sweet Corn
Growers across the country reported high satisfaction with the Seminis® Performance Series® sweet corn system thanks to its marketable yield potential compared to conventional sweet corn and above*- and below**-ground insect pest and weed control.
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*Targeted above-ground insect pests include Fall Armyworm, Corn Earworm (ear feeding), European Corn Borer, Southwestern Corn Borer, Sugarcane Borer, Common Stalk Borer and Southern Cornstalk Borer.
**Targeted below-ground insect pests include Western Corn Rootworm Larvae, Northern Corn Rootworm Larvae and Mexican Corn Rootworm Larvae.
***Roundup PowerMAX® and Roundup PowerMAX® II are approved for use only in the United States.
****Sensory data obtained from an expert descriptive sensory panel at the National Food Laboratory, Livermore, CA, June – September 2010.
Key to Disease Resistance
The various Rp genes confer resistance to some, but not all, races of common rust. The effectiveness of a specific Rp gene or combination of Rp genes will be determined by the races of common rust which are prevalent in each growing area.
Et = Northern corn leaf blight; Pst = Stewart’s disease
HR = High Resistance: The ability of a plant variety to highly restrict the activities of a specific pathogen or insect pest and/or to restrict the symptoms and signs of a disease, when compared to susceptible varieties.
Varieties with high resistance may exhibit some symptoms when specified pathogen or pest pressure is severe. New and/or atypical strains of the specific pathogen or pest may overcome the resistance.
IR = Intermediate Resistance: The ability of a plant variety to restrict the growth and development of the specified pest or pathogen, but may exhibit a greater range of symptoms compared to varieties with high resistance. Intermediate resistant plant varieties will still show less severe symptoms or damage than susceptible plant varieties when grown under similar environmental conditions and/or pest or pathogen pressure.
Not available for purchase or use in certain counties of Oregon and Idaho. Please contact your dealer or Seminis representative for more information.
Individual results may vary, and performance may vary from location to location and from year to year. This result may not be an indicator of results you may obtain as local growing, soil and weather conditions may vary. Growers should evaluate data from multiple locations and years whenever possible.
IMPORTANT: Produce Marketing and Stewardship Requirements: This product has been approved for import into key export markets with functioning regulatory systems. Any crop or material produced from this product can only be exported to, or used, processed or sold in countries where all necessary regulatory approvals have been granted. It is a violation of national and international law to move material containing biotech traits across boundaries into nations where import is not permitted. It is the grower’s responsibility to talk to their produce handler or purchaser to confirm their buying position for this produce so that the marketing requirements can be met.
Herbicide Information for Performance Series® sweet corn: Roundup PowerMAX®, Roundup PowerMAX® II and Roundup WeatherMAX® herbicides are approved for use on Performance Series® sweet corn (containing the Roundup Ready® trait) in all U.S. states, the District of Colombia and Puerto Rico. If the directions for use on sweet corn with Roundup Ready® 2 Technology (which includes Performance Series® sweet corn) are not listed in the product label that is attached to the product you purchased, contact your Monsanto Company representative.
Performance Series® sweet corn Insect Resistance Management (IRM) – Post-Harvest Requirements: Crop destruction must occur no later than 30 days following harvest, but preferably within 14 days. The allowed crop destruction methods are: rotary mowing, discing, or plowing down. Crop destruction methods should destroy any surviving resistant insects.
B.t. products may not yet be registered in all states. Check with your Monsanto representative for the registration status in your state.
All information concerning Performance Series® sweet corn hybrids given orally or in writing by Monsanto or its employees or agents, including the information in this communication, is given in good faith, but is not to be taken as a representation or warranty by Monsanto as to the performance or suitability of Performance Series® sweet corn hybrids, which may depend on local climatic conditions and other factors. Monsanto assumes no liability for any such information. This information shall not form part of any contract with Monsanto unless otherwise specified in writing.
Roundup Technology® includes Monsanto’s glyphosate-based herbicide technologies. ALWAYS READ AND FOLLOW PESTICIDE LABEL DIRECTIONS. Roundup Ready technology contains genes that confer tolerance to glyphosate, an active ingredient in Roundup® brand agricultural herbicides. Agricultural herbicides containing glyphosate will kill crops that are not tolerant to glyphosate. Performance Series®, Roundup PowerMAX®, Roundup Ready 2 Technology and Design®, Roundup Ready®, Roundup Technology®, Roundup WeatherMAX® and Roundup® are trademarks of Monsanto Technology LLC. Seminis® is a registered trademark of Seminis Vegetable Seeds, Inc. ©2016 Seminis Vegetable Seeds, Inc.