(Photo: Stine Argentina Commercial manager, Jaime del Pino, during the Corn Summit MAIZAR in Buenos Aires)

Buenos Aires, May 30th. Perhaps it is not a well better-known fact (at least in Argentina) but US seed company Stine Seed is one of the owners of the Enlist technology via its subsidiary MS Technologies. Also, the company developed and launched in 2017, in partnership with Bayer the GT27 soybeans, a technology that confers to the crop resistance to isoxaflutole and glyphosate herbicides, after both companies developed and launched the Liberty Link soybeans.

The local branch, Stine Argentina is preparing the commercial launching of its soybean varieties for the 2020/21 campaign. “This year we are testing 800 soybean varieties in Argentina, one third with Enlist technology, one third with Liberty Link technology (that also confers resistance to glyphosate) and the remaining third with glyphosate resistance”, Commercial manager Jaime del Pino told in dialogue with eFarmNewsAr.com.

“Basically we brought varieties from maturity group II long to IV long, fitted from the South of the Argentine soybean region to the central one”, Del Pino adds. “We are seeing an enormous potential for the Stine genetic”.

But Del Pino slid a relevant data. Myron Stine, president of the company, met President Mauricio Macri when he visited Argentina last April. He would have told the President about the relevance what a new Plant Breeders Act that enhances the IPR has for seed companies, and that is the key to unlock the launching of new technologies in the soybean crop. “We also talk with Francisco “Pancho” Cabrera (an influential President advisor and official) and Guillermo Bernaudo (secretary of Agriculture, Livestock and Fisheries); they understand the importance of a new law to launch new technologies”, Del Pino explains.

“What have in our hands is very strong”, the Commercial manager refers to the Stine’s technology. The company mounted an experimental farm in Venado Tuerto, an iconic place for the plant breeding alongside Pergamino and Chacabuco.
Stine Argentina plans to take 15% of the market share of soybean seed and corn in the next 4 years. The plans for corn are more advanced than for soybean and, in fact, this season 2019/20 they expect to sell 100,000 bags of seed.

Daniel Novoa, with 30 years’ experience at Nidera as corn breeding leader, and currently in charge of Stine Argentina breeding programs, found that crossing US lines with local lines showed a high combining ability, resulting in hybrids with high yield potential. “Harry Stine loves corn and he worked with high-density planting materials (around 120,000 plants per hectare) but with excellent adaptation against abiotic stress and high stability”, Del Pino explains.

“Now, we have hybrids with 116/119 days to maturity that brings very high yields. We are commercializing four hybrids, three short to intermediate cycle, and one, a complete cycle. Argentine farmers named this last hybrid as “The Beast” due to its non-conventional aspect, but they were surprised by the high weight of the grain. For example, when they finished charging the truck, it resulted that it weighed 2 or 3 tons more than with conventional corn”, Del Pino adds.

Local management of Stine is confident that they will surpass the goal of 15% of the market share to 2023. But they stressed the necessity to have a new Plant Breeding Act to release its technologies. “Without it, we will be no able to bring our technologies to the Argentinian farmers”, they synthesize.