YieldGard® Maize 2

Technology for your benefit!

Insect and weed control are two critical aspects of maize production. This is where DEKALB’s technology can help to protect your maize, making life for you as a busy farmer just a little easier. Combine the benefits and plant a stacked trait hybrid.

Our technology makes a difference!

YieldGard® Maize 2 offers excellent control against Busseola fusca (African maize stalk borer) and Chilo partellus (the sorghum stalk borer or spotted maize stalk borer). Reap the benefits of YieldGard® Maize II technology!

Increasing Yields

Your most deadly enemies – the maize stalk borer!

Wherever maize is produced, the two stalk borers (Busseola fusca and Chilo partellus) deprive farmers of some of their production.

It's known that damage from maize stalk borers can cost growers from 6 to 30% of their yield.

Borers feed on all parts of a maize plant - leaves, stalk, sheath, ear collar, shank and ears - causing damage, reducing the flow of water and nutrients throughout the plant, thereby reducing yields.

Maize farmers have to battle two or three generations of borers each season.

The standard chemical methods of controlling stalk borers can be time consuming and ineffective, often because of successive infestations during the season.

Therefore, timing is crucial with narrow application windows in order to be effective. Multiple applications are necessary to suppress succeeding generations.

Nevertheless, season-long control of maize stalk borers is unlikely.

Better Protection and Higher Yields Through Biotechnology

For any grower, the bottom line is yield. The better you can protect your crop against insects, the bigger the payoff. Now you can make your maize production more profitable, with healthier plants and higher yields than ever before. With DEKALB's gene technology YieldGard 2, season-long maize borer protection is contained within the maize plant itself.

How Yieldgard 2 Protection Works

The protection comes from a naturally occurring soil bacterium called Bacillus thuringienisis, or Bt.

With DEKALB’s advanced biotechnology, this Bt gene becomes part of the plant itself, where it produces a protein the maize stalk borer simply can’t digest.

From the first bite, the protein binds to receptors in the insect stomach, causing a breakdown of the lining. The maize stalk borer stops eating and dies within 72 hours.

From emergence to maturity it is effective everywhere the borers feed. Through multiple generations of borers YieldGard Maize 2 provides protection from planting to physiological maturity so that your crop can reach its full yield potential. However, a heavy infestation of maize borers just after flowering may lead to slight damage. Spraying may be required in the case of late planting.

Healthier, More Productive, Higher-Yield Maize

When maize is protected from maize stalk borers, more vital nutrients and water are available to produce higher yields. This is vitally important in years of adverse weather, such as the frequent semi-drought conditions of South Africa.

Broken stalks and lodged plants caused by stalk borers are no longer a problem. This all adds up to more maize and a more productive farming operation.

Independent field tests indicate a yield increase of 10 to 30% with YieldGard Maize II, and more than 95% control of stalk borers (Busseola fusca and Chilo partellus).

By controlling maize stalk borers less damage appears on the ears of maize plants. This means that there are fewer sites available for fusarium to grow. Fusarium fungi produce toxins - the most important one being fumonisin.

The ears on YieldGard Maize 2 have less fusarium-infected kernels and therefore the grain quality is better than that of ordinary maize.

The Best Hybrids Are Being Developed With YieldGard technology

Improving maize with the YieldGard 2 gene does not mean missing out on some other genetic advantages. With  YieldGard the best maize borer control is added to the best hybrids, allowing these hybrids to reach their full yield potential.

The Key to a Higher-Yielding Future: Insect Resistance Management

Mother Nature, through constant shuffling of genes is good at producing resistance. Our researchers believe that the best way to prevent resistant populations arising is to combine effective control in the target area with a nearby refuge. This is an area where strictly non-Bt maize is planted, and no Bt-based insecticides may be used. Within this refuge, susceptible maize borers may feed and breed without being exposed to the Bt protein.

While this may not sound like a good idea, it preserves a population of borers that is still susceptible to the YieldGard maize protection. When members of this population mate with tolerant insects that may emerge from the YieldGard-protected fields, their susceptible genes dominate any tolerant genes in the overall gene pool.

The farmer is ensuring that a small but very important population of susceptible insects is close enough so that susceptible insects can survive and overcome any resistance that might develop.

The “Refuge”: Managing Insect Resistance

Follow these simple steps to effectively control maize stalk borers with YieldGard Maize II.

Plant YieldGard Maize II for effective control of maize borers.

Plant a nearby refuge of conventional non-Bt maize with a growth season of the same period as the YieldGard within seven days after the planting of YieldGard Maize 2. This ensures a safe refuge where non-resistant borers can survive and counteract any potential resistance.

The refuge area must be on the same land and be planted under the same growing conditions as YieldGard 2.

No Bt-based insecticides may be used in refuge areas.

In the case of option A, other registered insecticides may be applied. In option B, no insecticides may be applied.

Monitor and scout your fields frequently. If you have 10% leaf damage caused by stalk borers (shotgun symptoms) in your YieldGard-planted fields, contact your DEKALB representative, seed dealer, or technology consultant.

For more specific refuge information, also contact the above.

Eight Excellent Reasons to Choose Yieldgard

The most important motivation in maize farming is generating optimal profits. Crop protection with YieldGard offers:

  1. The first effective control of maize stalk borers that lasts from planting to physiological maturity throughout the plant.
  2. Healthier plants that are better able to withstand adverse weather (drought), and disease.
  3. Simplicity in crop management and stalk borer control.
  4. Reduced handling of, and exposure to, insecticides.
  5. Cost savings in insecticides and applications.
  6. Time and labour savings, especially during the busy summer months.
  7. Better grain quality - less mechanical damage and fusarium infections to ears.
  8. Finally, peace of mind - much of the worry is taken out of management.