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DuPont rolls out new seed technology

DuPont announced a new "insect control system" for its seed corn products, as well as a new soybean technology that the company says will boost yields by 40% over the next decade. The announcements were by Group Vice President J. Erik Fyrwald at the Goldman Sachs 12th annual Agricultural Biotech Forum in New York.

"The new insect control system, Optimum AcreMax, will provide corn growers with improved productivity by increasing the number of acres farmers can plant to the industry's most advanced insect control options," the company said in a statement on Tuesday. The first of several Optimum AcreMax products are expected to be launched as early as 2009.

"The Optimum AcreMax system will use a unique combination of proven technologies to deliver the best products for maximum yield, convenience, and ultimately refuge reduction," Fyrwald said.

"We expect our proprietary technologies coupled with native and biotech traits will result in a 40% yield increase [for soybeans] in the next 10 years," Fyrwald said. "This is going to extend our number one brand position in soybeans for many years to come."

The yield increase will come from a convergence of its proprietary Accelerated Yield Technology, the Optimum GAT herbicide tolerance trait, and biotech yield traits built upon superior base genetics, Frywald said.

DuPont announced a new "insect control system" for its seed corn products, as well as a new soybean technology that the company says will boost yields by 40% over the next decade. The announcements were by Group Vice President J. Erik Fyrwald at the Goldman Sachs 12th annual Agricultural Biotech Forum in New York.

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