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DuPont reports strong North America harvest

Agriculture.com Staff 11/17/2011 @ 3:40pm

DuPont announced strong seed product performance results for the 2011 North America harvest. Farmers planting seed from DuPont business Pioneer Hi-Bred experienced another year of consistent corn and soybean yields across North America. 

“Pioneer customers are reporting solid harvest performance across North America this harvest,” said Paul E. Schickler, president, Pioneer Hi-Bred. “Those results are strong testimony to our ‘right product, right acre’ approach to the marketplace.

“In addition to providing seed products with exceptional genetics and agronomics, we are uniquely positioned to deliver trusted advice and important services to our customers. Our understanding of their operations enables us to help them manage the growing complexity of farming while increasing their productivity and profitability, Schickler added. “We have to innovate every year to win the right to serve our customers. Early 2012 sales progress tells us our momentum continues to be strong.” 

Corn Innovations Lead in Integrated Refuge and Drought Tolerance

In a year of challenging growing conditions, Pioneer® brand corn seed leader products continued to demonstrate strong yields when compared to competitor products. In more than 60,000 comparisons of on-farm trials across the United States and Canada, Pioneer had an approximate 2.6 bushel per acre (bu/ac) advantage on average.*

The 2011 season highlighted strong Optimum® AcreMax® 1 (AM1) product performance and convenience. Across all maturities, AM1 yielded 1.3 bu/ac more than competitor refuge-in-a-bag products in approximately 150 comparisons.* Growers experienced the convenience of AM1 first-hand on the more than 4 million acres planted.

The Optimum® AcreMax® family of products continues to gain momentum. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) approved Optimum® AcreMax® and Optimum® AcreMax® Xtra insect protection products in August. 

Optimum® AcreMax® is the industry’s first U.S. approval of a single-bag integrated refuge product that targets only above-ground insects. Both Optimum® AcreMax® and Optimum® AcreMax® Xtra products integrate all of a Corn Belt grower’s refuge needs into single-bag convenience. Large area on-farm trials confirmed these products had equivalent performance compared to their Herculex® 1 and Herculex® XTRA counterparts across growing environments. These products are available in 16 hybrid platforms across a broad range of maturities for 2012 planting.

“Growers increase their productivity and convenience when they plant Pioneer® brand products,” said Schickler. “The early success of Optimum® AcreMax® 1 tells us growers are eager to simplify their refuge management with an integrated solution and trust Pioneer to deliver the products to do so.”

A new generation of drought-tolerant corn hybrids, Pioneer’s Optimum® AQUAmax™ products delivered 6.1 bu/ac advantage on average across all yield levels and growing environments in over 8,000 comparisons on-farm trials across the United States.* 

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