Pioneer Releases 2009 Hybrids

New genetics and localized testing improve Pioneer Hi-Bred’s corn product lineup.

The DuPont business is releasing 96 new Pioneer brand corn products to growers across North America for the 2009 planting season. This new advancement class includes 39 new genetic platforms providing improved genetic gain across all maturities. The lineup features new 35 double-stack and 36 triple-stack products that feature Herculex insect protection and the Roundup Ready Corn 2 trait. "The new 2009 triple-stack hybrids have improved yield and better drydown compared to our 2008 hybrids," says Bob Heimbaugh, North American director of corn product evaluation for Pioneer.

This new 2009 class is the result of an increased effort in localized testing, featuring advancement decisions made by local area sales and agronomy teams. The localized testing and decision-making help ensure that Pioneer continues to deliver local performance advantages and traits that meet customers’ needs on a field-by-field basis.

Pioneer also is the first to provide a hybrid with genetic resistance to anthracnose stalk rot — Pioneer brand hybrid 34F26 with the Roundup Ready Corn 2 trait — with more hybrids expected in 2010.

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