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Pioneer expands South Dakota research capacity

Pioneer Hi-Bred International, Inc. on Monday announced plans to increase its research test plot capacity and add three more researchers at its Brookings, South Dakota, Research Center.

The research team in Brookings tests numerous product offerings for the region, including new technologies like Pioneer brand corn hybrids with Herculex XTRA insect protection traits. These traits protect corn from European corn borer, corn rootworm and western bean cutworm, which are significant pests in the region.

"By focusing on specific yield-test locations, we will bring our customers in the northern Corn Belt region commercial hybrids that are 'customized' for this area to bring them the greatest value," says Gary Weber, research coordinator at the Brookings location. "Product offerings for South Dakota growers in 2007 will include all of the technology options available to growers across North America."

DuPont recently announced increased investments in its plant genetics business, which company officials say will speed products to market even faster for growers in South Dakota.

Pioneer Hi-Bred International, Inc. on Monday announced plans to increase its research test plot capacity and add three more researchers at its Brookings, South Dakota, Research Center.

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