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Syngenta intensifies focus on soybean varietal development for Western Canada

Nov. 15, 2012, Guelph, ON - Syngenta Canada Inc. has announced it will be focusing its breeding efforts on early maturity soybeans for the Manitoba and Saskatchewan markets.

As part of the organization's North American soybean crop strategy, Jake Delheimer has been appointed as a Breeding Project Lead (BPL) to support expanding soybean production in Western Canada.

"There has been accelerating growth in soybeans across Western Canada, fuelled by a combination of factors including varietal development, market conditions and rotational considerations," explains Don McClure, Syngenta Soybean Breeding Project Lead, Early East. "Syngenta has been a leader in developing soybean varieties appropriate for the agronomic and environmental conditions in Eastern Canada, and we look forward to leveraging this expertise as we intensify our focus on breeding varieties suited to Western provinces."

Jake will be working with Maturity Group (MG) 00-000 material adapted for Manitoba and Saskatchewan and will oversee all trialing planned for Western Canada. Jake, who has a Ph.D. in Plant Breeding and Genetics from North Carolina State University, will be based out of Glyndon, Minnesota and operate as part of the northern soybean breeding team led by Glenn Bowers, Global Head, Soybean Breeding for Syngenta.