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DuPont Pioneer Congratulates 2013 Ontario Corn Yield Challenge Winners

Eleven top-yielding growers awarded


CHATHAM, Ont., Jan. 10, 2014 – DuPont Pioneer announced the winners of its fourth annual Ontario Corn Yield Challenge (OCYC) in London, Ont. The 11 seed growers with top-performing Pioneer® brand hybrids accepted their awards, networked and shared agronomic practices with contestants and their guests at a January 9 awards event.

A record 453 growers from across Ontario took on the challenge this year.

“Congratulations to all the winners of the Ontario Corn Yield Challenge and the growers who took on the challenge again in 2013,” said Ian Grant, president, DuPont Pioneer Canada. “We really appreciate the trust our customers put in Pioneer.”

The 11 winners represent different maturities across Ontario and while there is no overall winner because of the differences in heat unit regions, the highest yield attained was 327.1 bu/ac by Randy Vandeheede of Simcoe, Ont., growing Pioneer® brand hybrid P1184. A complete list of winners follows:

  • Chris Schouten (Richmond, Ont.):
    228 bu/ac, growing Pioneer® brand hybrid P9675AMX
  • Dean and Rylan Foster (Picton, Ont.):
    276.9 bu/ac, growing Pioneer® brand hybrid P0474HR
  • Corey Yake (Stouffville, Ont.):
    272.4 bu/ac, growing Pioneer® brand hybrid P9910XR
  • Peter Harvey (Cookstown, Ont.):
    245.3 bu/ac, growing Pioneer® brand hybrid P0094AM
  • Mark Eddy (Paris, Ont.):
    250.2 bu/ac, growing Pioneer® brand hybrid P9807HR
  • Joe Lacey (Thedford, Ont.):
    306.4 bu/ac, growing Pioneer® brand hybrid P0216HR
  • The late John Barendregt (Union, Ont.):
    272.3 bu/ac, growing Pioneer® brand hybrid 35F50AM
  • Dave Arand (Atwood, Ont.):
    251 bu/ac, growing Pioneer® brand hybrid P9910XR
  • Jim Soetemans (Watford, Ont.):
    310.4 bu/ac, growing Pioneer® brand hybrid P0216HR
  • Hugh Whaley (Harrow, Ont.):
    291.2 bu/ac, growing Pioneer® brand hybrid P0987XR

The information collected by Pioneer through the challenge is another way the company collaborates with growers to increase research initiatives, improve yield per acre in growers’ fields by putting the right product on the right acre.

All 11 winners of the OCYC receive a trip for two to DuPont Pioneer AgView and the Commodity Classic in San Antonio, Texas – Feb. 24 – Mar. 1, 2014. Commodity Classic ‘is a one-of-a-kind convention and trade show that is farmer-focused and farmer-led’.

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®.

DuPont (NYSE: DD) has been bringing world-class science and engineering to the global marketplace in the form of innovative products, materials and services since 1802. The company believes that by collaborating with customers, governments, NGOs and thought leaders, we can help find solutions to such global challenges as providing enough healthy food for people everywhere, decreasing dependence on fossil fuels, and protecting life and the environment. For additional information about DuPont and its commitment to inclusive innovation, please visit www.dupont.com.

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Contact:     Tara Moir
800-265-9435 ext. 6643
tara.moir@pioneer.com


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