Syngenta Seeds Announces 19 New Soybean Varieties for 2008-09

Supply available for 10 varieties to meet increased demand for soybean seed in 2008

Golden Valley, Minn. — Feb. 8, 2008 — As reports of potential seed shortages begin to surface throughout the industry, Syngenta Seeds is positioning itself to meet industry needs by releasing 10 new NK® Brand soybean varieties with supply for the 2008 planting season. In addition, Syngenta Seeds is releasing nine more varieties that will be available for the 2009 season.

“Combined with the 23 new varieties released earlier for this year, these 10 varieties deliver more choices and enhanced supply to growers,” said Steve Knodle, NK Soybean brand manager for Syngenta. “When factoring in the nine new varieties for the 2009 season, we feel confident growers will have access to the best genetics and agronomic packages, allowing them to reach new levels of yield potential on their farms.”

“The new varieties represent maturity Group 00 to a mid-Group VII and have demonstrated strong performance in trials,” said Gene Kassmeyer, head of the Syngenta Seeds soybean product line. “Many are bred to provide superior sudden death syndrome and soybean cyst nematode resistance, giving growers flexibility to choose the variety that matches the unique challenges facing each field.”

Kassmeyer added, “At Syngenta, we are committed to providing growers with top-performing products and agronomic expertise. We accomplish this through continual investment in soybean research to deliver elite genetics and enhance performance in the field with our broad seed treatment and crop protection portfolio that maximizes yield and profit for growers. Growers who purchase NK Brand Soybeans and apply qualifying Syngenta Crop Protection products are eligible to earn valuable yield incentives through the Syngenta 2008 AgriEdge® Soybean Program.”

The new NK Brand soybeans are available through Garst®, Golden Harvest® and NK Seeds dealers. The attached fact sheet provides further details regarding each new soybean variety.

Syngenta is a world-leading agribusiness committed to sustainable agriculture through innovative research and technology. The company is a leader in crop protection, and ranks third in the high-value commercial seeds market. Sales in 2007 were approximately $9.2 billion. Syngenta employs over 21,000 people in more than 90 countries. Syngenta is listed on the Swiss stock exchange (SYNN) and in New York (SYT). Further information is available at www.syngenta.com.

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