Greensboro, N.C., USA, May 26, 2010 — This season, growers can join the fight to weed out hunger by purchasing Halex® GT post-emergence corn herbicide for their glyphosate-tolerant corn acres. Through the Halex GT Weeding out Hunger™ campaign, a portion of 2010 herbicide sales will be donated to local Feeding America® food banks to help alleviate hunger in local communities across the Corn Belt.
“When growers purchase Halex GT in 2010 to treat their corn, they’ll be giving back to their neighbors in need,” said Carroll Moseley, herbicide brand manager for Syngenta Crop Protection. “We’re going to donate a portion of sales, up to $100,000, to Feeding America food banks in communities across the country and that gives growers another reason to choose Halex GT over the competitors.”
In a year when weed populations will be heavier and more difficult to control because of early planting, it is essential for growers relying on a post-emergence corn herbicide to choose one with multiple modes of action and residual control to last throughout the season.
“Halex GT is an ideal fit for the conditions we are seeing this season,” said Moseley. “Designed to add residual, broadleaf weed control to glyphosate, Halex GT helps growers manage problematic weeds and grasses like lambsquarters, waterhemp, foxtails and ragweeds through crop canopy.”
Furthermore, Halex GT delivers multiple modes of action unlike glyphosate alone, and the flexibility of post-emergence application up to 30” corn unlike many new herbicides on the market. And now, through Weeding out Hunger, Halex GT is not only good for controlling weeds, it’s good for communities.
According to the USDA, more than 49 million Americans, one in six people, are food insecure, which means they do not have enough food to eat because of limited money or other resources. This startling statistic prompted Syngenta to develop the Weeding out Hunger campaign in conjunction with Halex GT.
“It is going to take innovative tools like Halex GT to satisfy increasing world food needs and fulfill the Syngenta mission to feed nine billion people by 2050,” said David Piñon, senior communications manager for Syngenta Crop Protection. “Through our investment in research and development, Syngenta is thinking globally to grow more from less, but we’re acting locally through Halex GT and Weeding out Hunger to help local food banks address the needs that surround us today. “
Feeding America is the nation's leading domestic hunger-relief charity and supports approximately 63,000 local charitable agencies, which provide food directly to more than 25 million people in need.