Growers using Touchdown with IQ Technology for over-the-top applications on their Roundup Ready cotton, RR corn, or RR soybeans in 2002 are protected against unexpected poor growing conditions with the Touchdown Assurance Plan (TAP).

The plan covers all brands of RR cotton, RR corn and RR soybean seed, including NK brand and PioneerÆ brand seed.

Touchdown with IQ Technology was registered for use in 2001 for over-the-top applications on RR cotton, RR soybeans and RR corn. The enhanced 2002 TAP provides RR cotton, RR corn and RR soybean growers with crop loss protection, replant protection, replant burndown refund and a rainfast warranty. Growers in New Mexico, Oklahoma and Texas are also eligible for replant relief on selected cotton varieties.

Syngenta backs qualifying RR technology crops after planting, regardless of the weather.

“Syngenta's TAP package is designed to provide growers with extra value while reducing their risk,” said Chuck Foresman, Touchdown technical brand manager. “Not only are we protecting their investment in the Roundup Ready seed technology, but we're also providing growers with more options to control problem weeds by allowing the use of other herbicides in addition to Touchdown, including pre-emergence herbicides and post-emergence tankmixes.

“In addition, TAP covers all brands of Roundup Ready seed. These two features set Syngenta's TAP apart from Monsanto's 2002 Roundup Rewards program.”

The Southern Field Crops TAP covers two geographies: the Southeast and Mid-South, which applies to growers in Alabama, Arkansas, Georgia, Louisiana, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina and Tennessee, plus certain counties in Florida, Missouri and Virginia; and the Southwest, which applies to certain counties in New Mexico, Oklahoma and Texas. A separate TAP program for growers in the Midwest and Northeast protects growers' investment in Touchdown on RR soybeans and RR corn.

By applying Touchdown over RR crops, growers are automatically enrolled in the Touchdown Assurance Plan. TAP reduces production risk in four important ways:

  • Crop loss protection: Growers can qualify for a crop loss protection refund if their qualifying technology crop is lost or fails to make an acceptable stand and is destroyed within 60 days of planting, provided the loss occurs in an area of 10 or more acres and lost acreage is not replanted.

    Growers can qualify for a refund of 100 percent of the technology fee on Bollgard with RR cotton and RR cotton; $18 per bag for RR corn; $32 per bag for YieldGard Corn Borer with RR Corn, and $6.50 per bag for RR soybeans.

  • Replant protection: If growers decide to replant after the crop is lost or fails to produce an acceptable stand, they are eligible for a replant protection refund. The lost crop acreage must be replanted with the same or other qualifying technology crop.

  • Replant burndown: If a second burndown treatment is needed on qualifying replanted acres, growers are eligible for a replant burndown refund, provided the field is re-treated with 24 ounces per acre of Touchdown before replanting.

  • Rainfast warranty: If there is rainfall at least one hour after application and the field requires re-treating, Syngenta will replace the initial use rate of Touchdown with IQ Technology at no charge.

    Growers in New Mexico, Oklahoma and Texas are also protected by a fifth production risk offer:

  • Replant relief: Cotton growers in New Mexico, Oklahoma and Texas are eligible for replant relief on selected cotton varieties that aren't covered by crop loss protection and replant protection. Growers who replant after the crop is lost or fails to produce an acceptable stand can qualify for a refund of 100 percent of the technology fee plus 85 percent of the suggested retail price for the seed on selected varieties of RR cotton and Bollgard with RR cotton. Growers who destroy their crop are eligible for a refund of 100 percent of the technology fee plus $9 per bag of RR cotton or $15 per bag of Bollgard with RR cotton.

For more detailed information about terms and conditions of the 2002 Touchdown Assurance Plan, please contact a local agrichemical retailer or Syngenta representative.