DEKALB® Disease Shield™ Breeding Innovation Showed Strong Defense Against Top Corn Diseases in 2016

Publish Date:

Tuesday November 29, 2016


ST. LOUIS(Nov. 29, 2016) – An advanced lineup of corn products being introduced for 2017 demonstrated a strong line of defense against the top yield-robbing corn diseases this season. DEKALB® Disease Shield corn products achieved an average 12 bushel per acre national yield advantage in more than 1,400 trial plot comparisons throughout the U.S.

Developed through the DEKALB brand’s breeding program, DEKALB Disease Shield corn  products offer exclusive genetics that combine high yield potential with enhanced disease protection against today’s most common corn diseases: anthracnose stalk rot, Goss’s wilt, northern corn leaf blight, gray leaf spot and in limited geographies, southern rust.

“All of these diseases posed challenges during the 2016 growing season in different regions of the country,” said Jared Webb, DEKALB product manager. “We’re very excited about the results we saw this season with DEKALB Disease Shield products, not only in their yield advantage but also the risk reduction they provided for farmers, particularly in areas of heavy disease pressure.”

Webb reported that DEKALB Disease Shield plants were healthier and had excellent staygreen characteristics compared to other corn products in the trial plots which had visible evidence of disease pressure.

Six DEKALB Disease Shield products are being launched for the 2017 season in 109 to 120 day relative maturities, with plans for expansion in future years. To learn more, farmers can contact their DEKALB® Asgrow® dealer or visit

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Individual results may vary and performance may vary from location to location and from year to year. This result may not be an indicator of results you may obtain as local growing, soil and weather conditions may vary. Growers should evaluate data from multiple locations and years whenever possible. 

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