Enjoying More Than the Foliage at Chesapeake Farms

Mark Conner, Site Leader Chesapeake Farms, offers insight about the demonstration, experimentation, and animal management farm owned by Corteva.

Mark Conner, Site Leader at Chesapeake Farms, offers insight about the demonstration, experimentation, and animal management farm owned by Corteva.

It might be well past harvest time, but that doesn’t mean visitors to Chesapeake Farms can’t enjoy and learn at a beautiful natural setting.

Chesapeake Farms is Corteva Agriscience’s 3,300-acre site devoted to the development, evaluation, and demonstration of advanced agricultural practices and wildlife management techniques. And Wednesday of Celebration Week it served as a classroom for the honorees of the Environmental Respect Awards sponsored by Corteva and presented by AgriBusiness Global and CropLife magazines.

“We’re going to help Corteva be successful,” says Mark Conner, Site Leader for Chesapeake Farms. “We work to demonstrate the way a farm can be environmentally friendly.”

The site traces its roots back hundreds of years. The modern story begins when the site was purchased by Glenn L. Martin, one of the founders of the company that became Martin Marietta and later Lockheed Martin. Remington, which at the time was a division of DuPont, bought the company from Martin’s estate. DuPont is one of the legacy companies behind Corteva, along with Dow and Pioneer Seeds.

Corteva uses the site to test its crop protection products. At the same time, it’s not unusual to see bald eagles, waterfowl, white tail deer, and other animal species. Indeed, while the ERA delegates learned about many of Corteva’s solutions, they were treated to the site of bald eagles and turkey vultures tracing slow circles overhead.

The delegates learned about Corteva’s offerings at four separate stations from four Corteva executives.

Jenny Dowil, International Product Stewardship Manager, discusses the company's corn and soybean seed trait technology.

Jenny Dowil, International Product Stewardship Manager at Corteva, discusses the company’s corn and soybean seed trait technology.

Traits

Jenny Dowil, International Product Stewardship Manager, discussed the company’s corn and soybean trait technology. Corn trait technology included products like Enlist Corn, AcreMax, which offers an above-ground solution using two modes of action, and AcreMax Xtreme, which offers two modes of action above and below ground.

Dowil also covered some of the company’s soybean traits including Enlist E3. “It’s about the herbicides; it’s about proper management,” she says.

Pipeline

Bill Belzer, Director of Global Stewardship, discussed the company’s product pipeline and insecticide offerings. Corteva’s portfolio offers more than 300 crop protection products.

“We have a very, very solid pipelines for fungicide,” Belzer says. “We need actives to stay relevant. These actives are creating greener and greener products. We’re using less active per acre.”

Ray Forney, Product Stewardship Manager discusses Corteva's insecticide products.

Ray Forney, Product Stewardship Manager, discusses Corteva’s insecticide products.

Insecticides

Ray Forney, Global Stewardship lead, focused on the insecticide solutions including Radiant, which lists spinetoram as its active ingredient. Spinetoram is a member of the Saccharopolyspora spinosa bacterial species. Corteva figured out how to ferment it in mass quantities, but even so, “we can’t make it fast enough to support world demand,” Forney says. “That’s exciting.”

Forney also discussed Transform WG, which uses Isoclast active (sulfoxaflor). The product survived a five-year battle when activists fought to prevent the product’s registration claiming it was the same as a neonicotinoid. Science won out and the product was registered earlier this year.

Soil Health

Helen Flanigan, Product Stewardship Manager at Corteva, talked about the company’s nitrogen-fixing offerings including N-Serve, Instinct, and PinnitMax. N-Serve works with anhydrous ammonia, while the other two maximize nitrogen when used with UAN, urea, and liquid manure.

These products can be used on numbers crops including cotton, corn, and cereal, and the company is exploring the use on vegetables.