Pioneer Adds More Than 100 New, Top‑Performing Corn and Soybean Products to Lineup

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New Products Further Differentiate Strongest Portfolio in Pioneer History

JOHNSTON, IA. — Pioneer has added more than 100 new, top-performing corn and soybean products to its industry-leading product lineup for growers in the United States and Canada. The 2019 class of new products further strengthens the Pioneer® brand corn and soybean offering, which recorded its best overall yields in Pioneer history during the 2018 harvest:                                                         

“The Pioneer product lineup is as strong as it has ever been thanks to our continued investments in research and local testing,” said Judd O’Connor, President, U.S. Commercial Business, Corteva AgriscienceTM, Agriculture Division of DowDuPont. “When growers plant our products, they can feel confident they are planting a yield and agronomic leader that will perform consistently.”

2019 Corn Product Advancements

The new class of Pioneer brand corn hybrids includes 67 new, high-performing products ranging from 72 to 119 days comparative relative maturity, or CRM.

The products that advanced to commercialization underwent two years of IMPACT (Intensively Managed Product Advancement, Characterization and Testing) plot trials. This final research process characterizes corn products for the optimal geographical fit and measures product consistency over multiple years.

“Our hybrids are subjected to a rigorous testing regime. This means we bring new genetic gain and better performance to our lineup year over year,” said Matt Smalley, Research Director, North America Corn Breeding, Corteva Agriscience. “This year’s products include a focus on early-season hybrids, including some of the best early performance we’ve seen. Our lineup is really strong at 101 days and earlier.”

Pioneer IMPACT plot trials help to ensure only the top products are advanced to market. These new corn offerings from Pioneer are the product of comprehensive breeding efforts, creating an unrivaled selection, including:

  • Ten new Pioneer brand Optimum® AcreMax® XTreme products, which offer two modes of action for above-ground insect control and two modes of action for below-ground control;
  • Three new Pioneer brand Optimum® AQUAmax® products, designed to help withstand drought conditions and protect against yield loss; and
  • Four new Pioneer brand Optimum® Intrasect® products for above-ground insect protection.

Building on the widest range of end-use products, Pioneer also advanced five new yellow and three new white food-grade products, as well as two new waxy products and one new Pioneer brand Qrome® product.

2019 Soybean Product Advancements

The 2019 soybean class complements the already-outstanding Pioneer brand A-Series soybean lineup, the highest-yielding soybeans ever introduced by Pioneer. The 40 new A-Series varieties now bring the A-Series soybean lineup to nearly 150 varieties, ranging in maturity from Group 000 to Group 7.

With best-in-class yield potential plus strong agronomics and defensive characteristics, highlights of the 2019 class include:

  • Twenty-five new Pioneer brand A-Series soybean varieties with Roundup Ready 2 Xtend® technology. These varieties have a 3.4 bu/A yield advantage vs. competitive Roundup Ready 2 Xtend® technology varieties across nearly 8,000 comparisons, with 72 percent wins — a significant yield boost over the current Pioneer brand soybean products with Roundup Ready 2 Xtend® technology that demonstrated a 1.8 bu/A yield advantage vs competitive Roundup Ready 2 Xtend® technology varieties;
  • Nine new Pioneer brand A-Series varieties with the LibertyLink® trait, giving growers additional options for weed control;
  • Thirty-two new A-Series varieties with native resistance to soybean cyst nematode (SCN), including 10 varieties with Peking resistance;
  • Three new Pioneer brand A-Series Plenish®# high oleic soybean varieties; and
  • Two new conventional A-Series varieties for growers raising non-GMO soybeans.

“Pioneer continues to improve the yield potential and agronomic performance of our soybean products thanks to investments we’ve made in advanced breeding technology, including our Accelerated Yield Technology or AYT 4.0 technology,” said Paul Stephens, Senior Research Director, Soybeans, Corteva Agriscience. “We are excited about these new soybean varieties and the productivity boost they give growers.”

Pioneer brand products are designed to help meet growers’ needs and to provide stable yields, despite unpredictable growing seasons. Learn more at Pioneer.com.

EDITOR’S NOTE: For geographically specific product highlights, contact Kacey Birchmier at kacey.birchmier@dupont.com

About Pioneer
Pioneer, a business unit of Corteva AgriscienceTM, Agriculture Division of DowDuPont, 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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About Corteva Agriscience, Agriculture Division of DowDuPont
Corteva Agriscience, Agriculture Division of DowDuPont (NYSE: DWDP), is intended to become an independent, publicly traded company when the previously announced spinoff is complete by June 2019. The division combines the strengths of DuPont Pioneer, DuPont Crop Protection and Dow AgroSciences. Corteva Agriscience provides growers around the world with the most complete portfolio in the industry — including some of the most recognized brands in agriculture: Pioneer®, Encirca®, the newly launched Brevant seeds, as well as award-winning Crop Protection products — while bringing new products to market through our solid pipeline of active chemistry and technologies. More information can be found at www.corteva.com.

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Kacey Birchmier

Data is based on average of 15,814 corn comparisons and 7,981 soybean comparisons made in the United States and Canada through 12/7/2018. Comparisons are against all competitors, unless otherwise stated, and within 3 RM of the competitive brand. Product responses are variable and subject to any number of environmental, disease and pest pressures. Individual results may vary. Multi-year and multi-location data are a better predictor of future performance. DO NOT USE THIS OR ANY OTHER DATA FROM A LIMITED NUMBER OF TRIALS AS A SIGNIFCANT FACTOR IN PRODUCT SELECTION. Refer to www.pioneer.com/products or contact a Pioneer sales representative or authorized dealer for the latest and complete listing of traits and scores for each Pioneer® brand product. PIONEER® brand products are provided subject to the terms and conditions of purchase which are part of the labeling and purchase documents.

Herculex® Insect Protection technology by Dow AgroSciences and Pioneer Hi-Bred. Herculex® and the HX logo are registered trademarks of Dow AgroSciences LLC.

LibertyLink® and the Water Droplet Design are trademarks of Bayer.

YieldGard® and the YieldGard Corn Borer design, Roundup Ready® and Roundup Ready 2 Xtend® are registered trademarks of Monsanto Technology LLC used under license. Agrisure® is a registered trademark of, and used under license from, a Syngenta Group Company. Agrisure® technology incorporated into these seeds is commercialized under a license from Syngenta Crop Protection AG.

DO NOT APPLY DICAMBA HERBICIDE IN-CROP TO SOYBEANS WITH Roundup Ready 2 Xtend® technology unless you use a dicamba herbicide product that is specifically labeled for that use in the location where you intend to make the application. IT IS A VIOLATION OF FEDERAL AND STATE LAW TO MAKE AN IN-CROP APPLICATION OF ANY DICAMBA HERBICIDE PRODUCT ON SOYBEANS WITH Roundup Ready 2 Xtend® technology, OR ANY OTHER PESTICIDE APPLICATION, UNLESS THE PRODUCT LABELING SPECIFICALLY AUTHORIZES THE USE. Contact the U.S. EPA and your state pesticide regulatory agency with any questions about the approval status of dicamba herbicide products for in-crop use with soybeans with Roundup Ready 2 Xtend® technology.

ALWAYS READ AND FOLLOW PESTICIDE LABEL DIRECTIONS. Soybeans with Roundup Ready 2 Xtend® technology contain genes that confer tolerance to glyphosate and dicamba. Glyphosate herbicides will kill crops that are not tolerant to glyphosate. Dicamba will kill crops that are not tolerant to dicamba.

Qrome® products are approved for cultivation in the U.S. and Canada and have also received import approval in a number of importing countries. Pioneer continues to pursue additional import approvals for Qrome products, including in China, in accordance with Excellence Through Stewardship Product Launch Guidance.

#Plenish® high oleic soybeans have an enhanced oil profile and are produced and channeled under contract to specific grain markets. Growers should refer to the Pioneer Product Use Guide on www.pioneer.com/stewardship for more information.

Product performance in water-limited environments is variable and depends on many factors such as the severity and timing of moisture deficiency, heat stress, soil type, management practices and environmental stress as well as disease and pest pressures. All products may exhibit reduced yield under water and heat stress. Individual results may vary.