DEKALB Announces Introduction Of New Corn Line-Up

    DEKALB, Ill., Jan. 21 /PRNewswire/ -- Officials at DEKALB Genetics
 Corporation (NYSE:   DKB) are excited to announce the introduction of 12 new
 corn hybrids.  These new conventional hybrids just released are in addition to
 15 previously announced new specific-trait corn products (STPs) DEKALB will
 offer for the 1998 planting season.  The new STPs include:  five new Roundup
 Ready(R) corn hybrids, six new DEKALBt(TM) hybrids, three new IMI-Corn(R)
 hybrids and the industry's first Roundup Ready(R)/YieldGard(R) stacked-trait
 corn hybrid.
     "Our research team is doing exactly what the DEKALB mission statement
 calls for, providing customers with quality products and services to increase
 their productivity and profitability," said Ken Rinkenberger, director of seed
 marketing.  "DEKALB's unparalleled productivity of both our conventional
 breeding and biotechnology research programs are providing farmers with
 exciting new elite germplasm and more choices to combat specific pests."
     DEKALB, a worldwide leader in the seed industry markets, its products
 throughout the U. S. and around the world.  The company ranks second in the
 North American market for hybrid corn seed sales.   DEKALB operates 50
 research stations in the U.S. and 15 in other countries.  The company also
 maintains 44 production locations worldwide.
     "The 1998 class of DEKALB elite hybrids represents an unprecedented array
 of new products," said Joe Walsh, DEKALB's corn product manager.  "The
 introduction of our 12 new conventional hybrids provides significant
 enhancements to our extensive product line-up-especially in the Corn Belt and
 northern markets.  Our Specific Trait Products are fulfilling important market
 needs and are experiencing strong acceptance in the marketplace."
     Years of research and field testing will be available to growers this
 spring as DEKALB introduces these new seed products to its hybrid line-up.
 These new hybrids provide growers with stronger offensive and defensive
 traits, as well as flexible options to combat weeds and insects, which can
 significantly lower yields and reduce profitability.
     A summary of the key features and relative maturities (RM) of these new
 products include:
     CORN
 
     DK 325
     DK 325 is a 82 RM (80 RM in MN) hybrid with excellent yield for its
 maturity.  This hybrid can handle a wide range of environments and management
 practices.  Excellent emergence and seedling vigor make DK 325 a good choice
 for early planting.  Very good roots and very good test weight are also
 strengths of this hybrid.  Agronomists recommend planting DK 325 at medium to
 high populations for optimum results.
 
     DK 355
     DK 355 is a high yielding 85 RM (85 RM in MN) hybrid with strong
 performance across a wide range of environments.  This hybrid has fast drydown
 and excellent roots, and very good emergence with excellent seedling vigor
 make it an outstanding choice for early planting.  Medium-tall plant height
 and good staygreen makes DK 355 a good choice for grain or silage.
 
     DK 405
     DK 405 is an attractive 90 RM (90 RM in MN) hybrid with outstanding yield,
 excellent seedling vigor and root strength.  This hybrid is early flowering
 and exhibits quick drydown, making it an excellent choice for early harvest.
 DK 405 performs best at medium to medium-high plant populations.
 
     DK 440
     DK 440 is an attractive, high yielding 94 RM (95 RM in MN) hybrid which
 can be planted in a wide range of populations and is adapted to all soil
 types.  Excellent root strength, seedling vigor and emergence are strengths of
 this hybrid.
 
     DK 525
     DK 525 is a high yielding, widely adapted, 102 RM (100 RM in MN) hybrid
 with very good stalk quality, root strength and test weight.  DK 525 is a good
 dual purpose hybrid demonstrating strong performance when harvested for grain
 or silage.  DK 525 is adapted to all crop rotations and has very good plant
 health and seedling vigor, making it a good choice for early planting and
 reduced tillage.
 
     DK 537
     DK 537 is a 103 RM (105 RM in MN) hybrid with outstanding yield, stalk
 quality, strong seedling vigor and good tolerance to gray leaf spot.  This
 early flowering hybrid is an excellent choice for no-till and corn-on-corn
 management.  DK 537 can be used for grain or silage, and responds well to
 higher plant populations.
 
     DK 540
     DK 540 is a high yielding, early flowering 104 day hybrid (105 RM in MN)
 that is well-adapted to the western Corn Belt.  This hybrid has excellent
 seedling vigor, strong roots, excellent test weight and grain quality and good
 greensnap tolerance.
 
     DK 551
     DK 551 is an early flowering 105 RM (105 RM in MN) hybrid with high yield
 and adaptation to a wide range of soil types and cultural practices.  Good
 roots and seedling vigor are strengths of this hybrid.  DK 551 performs well
 at medium to high plant populations.  This hybrid is a good choice for grain
 or silage.
 
     DK 585
     DK 585 is a 108 RM hybrid with excellent yield for its maturity.  It is
 adapted to a wide range of environments and management practices.  It has very
 good seedling vigor, standability, plant health and test weight.  DK 585 gives
 very good performance under conventional or reduced tillage and can be planted
 on a wide range of soil types and crop rotations.
 
     DK 617
     DK 617 is an attractive, high yielding 111 RM hybrid with excellent
 seedling vigor.  Exceptional staygreen combined with good foliar disease
 tolerance gives this hybrid superior late season plant health.  DK 617 is best
 suited to medium-high to high plant populations and is an excellent choice for
 corn-on-corn.
     DK 617 is a good choice for grain or silage and is suited for dryland or
 irrigated acres.
 
     DK 635
     DK 635 is a 113 RM hybrid with high yield potential, excellent late season
 integrity and good foliar disease tolerance.  This early flowering, widely
 adapted hybrid offers excellent seedling vigor, along with good stalks, roots
 and plant health.  DK 635 is a good choice for a wide range of soil types,
 crop rotations and management practices.
 
     DK 665W
     DK 665W is a widely adapted 116 RM white hybrid.  This hybrid produces
 slender ears of high test weight, high quality white grain.  DK 665W has good
 plant health and standability, making it a good choice for planting on your
 most productive soils under medium high to high populations.
 
     ROUNDUP READY(R) CORN
 
     DK 493RR
     DK 439RR is a 99 RM hybrid with very good drought tolerance and above-
 average resistance to gray leaf spot along with outstanding yield for its
 maturity.  DK 493RR also has excellent drydown that allows for a timely
 harvest.
 
     DK 512RR
     DK 512RR is a 101 RM hybrid with excellent yield potential which delivers
 consistent performance over a wide range of soil types and management
 conditions.  Very good plant health contributes to its adaptability to all
 tillage methods and crop rotations.
 
     DK 545RR
     DK 545RR is a 104 RM hybrid which will adapt to a wide range of
 environments and management practices.  Has excellent yield, good stalk and
 root quality and good test weight.  Expect good performance under both medium
 and medium-high plant populations.
 
     DK 566RR
     DK 566RR is a 106 RM hybrid offering excellent seedling growth, yield for
 its maturity and drydown.  It also has very good resistance to foliar
 diseases.  This hybrid is adapted to all tillage practices, crop rotations and
 soil types.
 
     DK 580RR
     DK 580RR is a 108 RM hybrid widely adapted, with excellent drydown and
 yield potential.  It also demonstrates very good root and stalk strength and
 resistance to major foliar diseases.  Moderate ear flex allows planting across
 all populations.  An excellent choice for grain.
 
     Bt CORN
 
     DK 512BtY
     DK 512BtY is a 101 RM hybrid containing the YieldGard(R) Bt trait that
 offers resistance to European corn borer and Southwestern corn borer (SWCB).
 It has excellent yield potential for its maturity and very good drydown.
 Adapts to all tillage methods and crop rotations.
 
     DK 545BtY
     DK 545BtY is a 104 RM hybrid which is adaptable to a wide range of
 environments and carries built-in YieldGard(R) insect protection against
 European corn borer and Southwestern corn borer (SWCB).  It has excellent
 yield, good stalk and root quality and good test weight.
 
     DK 580BtY
     DK 580BtY is a 108 RM hybrid with the YieldGard(R) Bt trait.  It has
 excellent yield potential for its maturity.  This hybrid also offers very good
 drydown, stalk and root strength and very good resistance to major foliar
 diseases.  An excellent choice for grain.
 
     DK 595BtX
     DK 595BtX is a 109 RM hybrid with DEKALB's Bt-Xtra(TM) trait.  It offers
 outstanding yield, seedling vigor and very good stalk strength and drydown
 traits.  Developed with built-in plant and yield protection against European
 corn borer, this hybrid performs well in medium and high plant populations and
 in a wide range of environments.
 
     DK 618BtX
     DK 618BtX is a Bt-Xtra trait 111 RM hybrid which was developed for plant
 and yield protection against European corn borer.  Delivers consistent yield
 performance, excellent emergence, seedling growth rate and root and stalk
 strength.  This hybrid also has above-average resistance to gray leaf spot.
 
     DK 626BtX
     DK 626BtX is a 112 RM hybrid which offers excellent seedling vigor,
 staygreen and very good foliar disease resistance.  The built-in Bt-Xtra trait
 protects the plant and yield against European corn borer.  Adapted to all crop
 rotations and soil types.  Very good ear flex allows planting at low to medium
 populations.
 
     STACKED-TRAIT HYBRID
 
     DK 591RR/BtY
     DK 591RR/BtY is a 109 RM hybrid based on DEKALB's elite, high-producing
 germplasm.  It is the industry's first stacked-trait corn hybrid to include
 both Roundup Ultra herbicide resistance and YieldGard(R) Bt protection.
 Limited introductory quantities of the stacked-trait corn hybrid will be
 available for 1998 spring planting.  Plans are also underway to include the
 new product in field trials and test plots during the 1998 season.
 
     IMI-CORN(R) HYBRIDS
 
     DK 471IMI
     DK 471IMI is a 97 RM hybrid that will produce outstanding yields and rapid
 drydown.  DK 471IMI is resistant to herbicides labeled for use on IMI-Corn(R)
 such as Lightning and Resolve.  This versatile hybrid can be planted under a
 wide range of soil types, moisture regimes and cultural practices.  DK471IMI
 has very good to excellent resistance to Northern Corn Leaf Blight and
 eyespot.
 
     DK 569IMI
     DK 569IMI is a 106 RM hybrid with exceptional yield potential that
 performs well under various soil types and plant populations.  DK 569IMI is
 resistant to herbicides labeled for use on IMI-Corn(R) such as Lightning and
 Resolve.  DK 569IMI features exceptional drought tolerance, which enables it
 to perform well in all areas under dryland or irrigated conditions.
 
     DK 595IMI
     DK 595IMI is a very attractive, high yielding, 109 day hybrid which can
 handle a wide range of environments and management practices. DK 595IMI is
 resistant to herbicides labeled for use on IMI-Corn(R) such as Lightning and
 Resolve.  Outstanding yield, rapid drydown, excellent vigor and good stalk
 quality are traits of the hybrid.
 
     Based in DeKalb, Ill., DEKALB Genetics Corporation is a worldwide leader
 in agricultural genetics and biotechnology for seed and swine.
     DEKALB Genetics Corporation Class B common stock is traded on the
 New York Stock Exchange under the symbol DKB.
      A wide variety of current product, agronomic and current news release
 information on DEKALB can be accessed by visiting our user-friendly web-site
 on the Internet at http://www.dekalb.com
 
     Roundup Ready is a registered trademark of, and used under license from
 Monsanto Company
     YieldGard is a registered trademark of, and used under license from
 Monsanto Company
     IMI-Corn is a registered trademark of American Cyanamid
     DEKALBt and Bt-Xtra are trademarks of DEKALB Genetics Corporation
 
 

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