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DuPont Pioneer Introduces New Sunflower Product

Kacey Birchmier 04/25/2014 @ 11:30am Agronomy & Conservation Editor for Successful Farming and Agriculture.com. I grew up on a fourth-generation farm in central Iowa. Follow me on twitter - @KaceyBirchmier.

Sunflower growers have a new planting option this spring. DuPont Pioneer introduced a new sunflower product for 2014, Pioneer brand hybrid P64ME01. This sunflower is a mid-oleic, mid-maturity, disease-tolerant hybrid with outstanding yield potential bred for the NuSun oil market.

Pioneer hybrid P64ME01 is a sunflower hybrid with the DuPont ExpressSun trait for tolerance to DuPont EXPRESS herbicide with TotalSol soluble granules.

Pioneer P64ME01 joins a lineup of high-oleic and mid-oleic oil profile sunflowers. The NuSun and ExpressSun traits were developed using traditional plant-breeding methods, and therefore these sunflowers are conventional non-GMO varieties.

P64ME01 sunflower has above-average neck strength and responds to intensively managed growing environments. High yield potential makes P64ME01 a good fit for growers who want to experiment with supplemental micronutrient packages. The new hybrid is adapted to the central sunflower growing region of the Dakotas. Pioneer brand sunflowers include seed treatment to protect against Pythium and nonresistant strains of downy mildew.

NuSun sunflower mid-oleic sunflower oil is stable without partial hydrogenation. It has 0 gram trans fat. It is lower in saturated fat (less than 10%) compared with linoleic sunflower oil, and it has higher oleic levels (55% to 75%), with the remainder being linoleic (15% to 35%).

Source: DuPont Pioneer

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