Syngenta Seeds says its corn reduces cattle emissions
DOWNERS GROVE -- Syngenta Seeds, in partnership with the University of Arkansas Resiliency Center, unveiled newly published research highlighting the potential for beef producers to reduce their environmental footprint by using the company's Enogen corn for feed.
The life cycle assessment is based on studies conducted at the University of Nebraska and Kansas State University, which identified feed efficiency gains of around 5%, which can lead to reduced emissions and less consumption of food, helping farmers maximize their operations, the company said.
"To your average person, small percentages like 5% might not seem significant when feeding cattle," said Marty Matlock, executive director of the Resiliency Center. "But improving sustainability indicators across a complex system like beef production with tens of millions of cattle starts with understanding where the impacts occur in the life cycle of the product."
Enogen-brand corn, fed to cattle as grain or silage, helps convert starch to sugar more efficiently, resulting in more readily available energy for livestock, said Syngenta Seeds, which opened its U.S. headquarters in Downers Grove in 2019.