Growers that use DuPont Pioneer products will have 51 new choices in corn and 56 new choices in soybean products for the 2018 planting season.
The corn products range from ultra-early maturity 69-CRM corn to full-season 118-CRM corn and include 22 new genetic platforms.
“Our advanced breeding technology investments have super-charged our product development process by enabling us to more efficiently search and screen our global germplasm library,” said Judd O’Connor, DuPont Pioneer North America Region leader. “At the same time, we’ve increased our rigorous local testing process to give growers added confidence in the performance of these new products.”
The newest class of exclusive Pioneer brand corn products includes more high yield potential options for insect control, such as:
- Nine new Pioneer brand Qrome products with a novel molecular stack of insect control traits to defend against both above- and below-ground pests, including two modes of action to control corn rootworm. For 2018, Qrome products are available in a limited introductory program.
- Six new Pioneer brand Optimum AcreMax XTreme products, which provide growers with two modes of action for above-ground insect control and two modes of action for below-ground control.
- For the first time, Pioneer is offering growers Pioneer brand Optimum AcreMax Leptra corn products with integrated refuge for superior control of above-ground pests. Two new products are particularly suited for Western Bean Cutworm control, and for Corn Earworm in the Southern Corn Belt.
DuPont Pioneer will also be offering 56 new high yield potential Pioneer brand A-Series soybean products for growers in the U.S. and Canada in 2018. This new class of outstanding varieties builds the overall performance advantage for the 110 Pioneer brand A-series soybeans commercialized in the past two seasons to 2.0 bu/acre. This lead was measured in more than 42,000 on-farm comparisons against competitive varieties ranging in maturity from groups 000 to 7.
The newest class of elite Pioneer brand A-series soybeans includes multiple weed control traits in locally adapted varieties, including:
- Nearly 40 new A-series soybeans with Roundup Ready 2 Xtend technology. The Pioneer brand soybeans with this leading weed-control solution had an average yield advantage of 2.7 bu/acre in 2017 against competitive varieties in 11,013 comparisons.
- Additionally, nearly half of the new Pioneer brand soybeans with Roundup Ready 2 Xtend technology are rated good or better for white mold tolerance in the Group 3 and earlier maturities.
- Five of the Pioneer brand soybeans with Roundup Ready 2 Xtend technology also have sulfonylurea herbicide resistance through either the DuPont STS herbicide tolerant gene or BOLT technology, making them ideal for double-crop areas.
- Ten new Pioneer brand soybeans with the LibertyLink gene, bringing the total lineup of A-Series soybeans varieties with the LibertyLink gene to 14. A-Series soybean varieties with the LibertyLink gene have a 3.1 bu/acre yield advantage against older Pioneer brand soybeans with the LibertyLink gene in 546 comparisons.
- The majority of the new varieties contain native tolerance to preplant or preemergence applications of PPO herbicides sulfentrazone and saflufenacil when used at normal field rates. Additionally, many are also tolerant to preplant and preemergence applications of metribuzin.
“Our goal is to create value for soybean growers and end-users,” said Paul Stephens, Senior Research Director, North America Soybean Product Development. “Pioneer brand A-Series soybeans are developed by the industry’s most extensive localized soybean breeding and testing network using our proprietary Accelerated Yield Technology 4.0 advanced breeding approach. This enables us to produce high yield potential products with the agronomic traits growers need, faster than ever before.”