DES MOINES, Iowa, Sept. 25, 2012 -- New soybean varieties from DuPont Pioneer face the toughest challenge in the final year of research testing. During this research stage, soybean varieties are placed in IMPACT™ (Intensively Managed Product Advancement Characterization and Training) trials on growers’ farms to ensure product performance is up to the high standards set by Pioneer. Recently, 34 Pioneer®brand soybean varieties passed final scrutiny from the Pioneer research and development, field sales and agronomy technology service teams and will be commercially available to producers for planting in 2013.
“Our goal is to provide a full complement of soybeans that yield consistently for farmers year after year,” says Don Schafer, DuPont Pioneer senior soybean marketing manager. “The Pioneer research, sales and agronomy teams dig hard to analyze the local disease and agronomic challenges throughout soybean-growing areas and develop products and traits to address those challenges within each region.”
The final year of soybean variety testing provides one more opportunity to gather a significant amount of data from many locations before releasing products to producers.
“This final evaluation on growers’ farms helps us develop a profile of where the product fits on each acre for our customers,” Schafer says. The 2013 class of Pioneer soybean varieties is a solid group of products, he says, with performance packages of agronomic and defensive traits that provide choices to match the right product with the right acre.
Below are descriptions of notable Pioneer soybean varieties in the new 2013 lineup.
All of the new Pioneer soybean varieties were developed using the Accelerated Yield Technology (AYT™) system — a set of proprietary research tools that enables soybean researchers to scan and identify genes responsible for important traits and then incorporate them into additional soybean lines. Research tools like AYT have prompted Pioneer to register more than 225 soybean patents. Patent protection includes genetics (varieties), transgenic traits, native traits and breeding technologies. To continue to provide greater yields and the latest defensive traits to customers, Pioneer is both implementing a strong patent and protection program and funding research and development to create new products and technologies for greater value per acre.
DuPont Pioneer is the world’s leading developer and supplier of advanced plant genetics, providing high-quality seeds to farmers in more than 90 countries. Pioneer provides agronomic support and services to help increase farmer productivity and profitability and strives to develop sustainable agricultural systems for people everywhere. Science with Service Delivering Success™.
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