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Technology key to meeting future grain demand, Pioneer leader says

Agriculture.com Staff 02/22/2008 @ 10:21am

Speaking at the recent USDA Agricultural Outlook Forum, Pioneer Hi-Bred International, Inc., president Paul Schickler said advanced technologies will be key for further corn and soybean yield improvement over the next 10 years.

"It is an incredible time for the agricultural economy as demand for food, feed, fuel and materials -- all of which can be produced through agriculture -- have increased," Schickler said. "We expect the traits and technologies in our product pipeline to help meet that demand by doubling the rate of genetic gain -- targeting a 40% yield increase in our corn and soybean products over the next 10 years."

The corn yield increase will come from a convergence of elite germplasm, Schickler said, proprietary Accelerated Yield Technology, products like the new Optimum AcreMax insect control system and key agronomic traits such as drought tolerance and nitrogen use efficiency.

Schickler said the soybean yield increase will come from technologies including AYT, traits like Optimum GAT herbicide tolerance and biotech yield traits built on superior soybean base genetics.

Speaking at the recent USDA Agricultural Outlook Forum, Pioneer Hi-Bred International, Inc., president Paul Schickler said advanced technologies will be key for further corn and soybean yield improvement over the next 10 years.

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