DuPont Drives Innovation with 154 New Corn Products for 2012 Planting

DuPont News, March 6, 2012


Paul Schickler
Paul Schickler

DuPont significantly increased its new corn product offerings compared to last year with the release of 154 new Pioneer® brand hybrids and integrated refuge products, featuring 36 new genetic families, to better serve growers across North America for the 2012 planting season.

“Our dedication to market-based innovations continues to maximize grower productivity by using our ‘Right Product for the Right Acre’ strategy,” said Paul Schickler, president of Pioneer. “This year’s genetic and technology options will address many of the local challenges growers will face by providing industry-leading, drought-tolerant and integrated refuge management products.”

The new genetic families and hybrids show Pioneer’s continued commitment to localized testing through the IMPACT™ (Intensively Managed Product Advancement, Characterization and Training) trial program. Through this testing, the company advances products that perform well on growers’ own farms on a field-by-field basis. These new products feature strong yields and agronomic characteristics to meet the local environmental conditions growers face.

Key advancements in the 2012 corn hybrid lineup include Optimum® AQUAmax™ hybrids, designed for water-stressed environments, featuring 17 new hybrids in the 96 to 115 comparative relative maturity (CRM) range. Following a water-stressed 2011 growing season, the first class of Optimum® AQUAmax™ hybrids provided strong yields and stable agronomics – growers can expect similar results from this class of hybrid advancements.

The new class for 2012 also features 16 Optimum® AcreMax® 1 products, the first integrated refuge product for corn rootworm, and five Optimum® AcreMax® RW products. Pioneer also is offering 14 new Optimum® Intrasect™ hybrids featuring industry-leading insect protection technologies and traits. This new lineup offers above-ground insect protection with a combination of Herculex® I insect protection and YieldGard® Corn Borer technology.

“Optimum® AQUAmax™ and the Optimum® AcreMax® family of products offers growers flexibility and risk management while maximizing yield and productivity,” Paul said. “Growers expect drought products to perform well in adverse conditions and to offer top-end yield potential when conditions are favorable. Technologies that provide reduced refuge, such as the Optimum® AcreMax® family of products, help increase convenience and meet technology compliance requirements.”

Learn more about these new hybrids and technologies.

View the news release.