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DA-RCUD embarks on corn derby showcasing hybrid seed varieties

DANGCAGAN, Bukidnon (PIA)— The Corn Program of the Department of Agriculture-Regional Field Office 10 (DA-RFO10) embarked on a ceremonial planting at the agency's Research Center for Upland Development (RCUD) on May 13, this town, in search of promising corn varieties and technologies available on the market.

DA-10 Regional Executive Director Carlene Collado said the activity will serve as a venue to showcase the different cultural management practices and performance of corn varieties for eventual adoption at the farmers' level.

For this year's wet season, six private seed companies participated by planting their hybrid corn varieties using their respective protocols.

Joining with their entries are Corteva AgriScience (P3530YHR, P3660YHR); Asian Hybrid Seed Technologies, Inc. (J505, SUPREME 5150); Bioseed Research Philippines, Inc. (B108G, H101G); Evo Gene Seeds, Corp. (EVO 710, EVO 9815); Syngenta Philippines, Inc. (NK6410BGT, NK306BGT); and Bayer Crop Science Philippines (DK8899S, DK8131S).

Carlota S. Madriaga, DA-10 Regional Technical Director for Operations, led the activity with Reynaldo M. Cabanao, chair of the Regional Agricultural and Fisheries Council (RAFC), who is also the Farmer-Director this May.

Carlota S. Madriaga, DA-10 Regional Technical Director for Operations, leads the hybrid corn derby at RCUD in Dangcagan, Bukidnon with Reynaldo Cabanao, chair of the Regional Agricultural and Fisheries Council (RAFC), who is also the Farmer-Director this May. (DA-10)

With an elevation of 600 meters above sea level, the station set aside nearly two hectares for corn production, with 1,000 square meters per variety allotted to each company.

The derby's results will serve as a baseline for the department's seed procurement and location-specific recommendations. (DA-10/PIA-10/Bukidnon)

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