Syngenta Canada to split seed and crop protection businesses

Syngenta Canada has decided to separate its seed and crop protection businesses as of June 1, 2021. The seed business will operate under the NK Seeds brand.

“As a customer-focused organization, we regularly review our operations to ensure we are positioned for growth and evolving to meet the needs of the customer and industry. With this in mind, we have decided to adjust our structure and create Seed and Crop Protection business units within Syngenta Canada Inc.,” says Trevor Heck, president of Syngenta Canada.

This change, which allows customer-facing staff to be specialists in either seed or crop protection, is an expansion to the business and is an indication of the Syngenta Canada commitment to the best customer experience according to a press release provided by the company.

“We are expanding our Seed Sales and Marketing teams to support this decision, which speaks to our unwavering commitment to deepen our customer relationship and offering. Our intention is to have a smooth transition for our customers as we close out the 2021 growing season while getting ready for the 2022 growing season,” says Dan Wright, head of seeds, Syngenta Canada.

As a result of this decision, Dan Wright will continue as Head of Seeds for Canada.  The Canadian Crop Protection business will be led by Trevor Heck, who will also continue as President for Syngenta Canada and lead the Canadian Territory Leadership team. The company had recently hired individuals with seed business expertise who previously worked with Wright at Monsanto.

Syngenta Canada had combined the units in 2011 to leverage its crop protection portfolio but has struggled in corn, while it has had more success in soybean seed. Syngenta Canada made the decision to drop canola and hybrid wheat development from its portfolio over the past few years.

Syngenta U.S. was already operating under a separate structure.

Syngenta was acquired by ChemChina in 2017. Earlier this spring, Chinese regulators approved a merger of ChemChina’s agriculture business with Sinochem.