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Pioneer to build research center in South Dakota

Agriculture.com Staff 03/01/2006 @ 6:56am

Pioneer Hi-Bred International, Inc., a subsidiary of DuPont, today announced plans to open a new Research Center in eastern South Dakota, servicing farmers in South Dakota, Minnesota and Iowa.

The Research Center will open this spring in Brookings, expanding the development of new corn inbreds and commercial hybrids. This Center represents an increase in investment in product development for this area.

"Our corn research teams will be working more closely with area farmers and will have more eyes in the fields making better product advancement decisions," said Bill Niebur, vice president, DuPont Crop Genetics Research and Development.

The new Pioneer Research Center will play a role in developing and commercializing new technologies like Pioneer brand corn hybrids with Herculex XTRA insect protection traits, which protect corn from European corn borer and corn rootworm, both significant pests in the region.

"We are expanding our investment in our trait discovery research program to identify the next generation traits that will change the way our customers do business," said Niebur. "Our corn breeding program is focused on rapidly integrating those traits and technologies our customers need and want into the best corn germplasm available in the industry."

The South Dakota Research Center staff will initially include six full-time employees and several interns.

Pioneer first conducted research in South Dakota in 1968 to provide breeding for drought and stress environments, and has maintained continuous yield testing in the state ever since.

Pioneer Hi-Bred International, Inc., a subsidiary of DuPont, today announced plans to open a new Research Center in eastern South Dakota, servicing farmers in South Dakota, Minnesota and Iowa.

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