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Pioneer Hi-Bred Releases 17 New Products for Drought-Stressed Environments

Pioneer® brand Optimum® AQUAmax™ hybrids add choices for 2012 planting

DES MOINES, Iowa, Jan. 26, 2012 – Pioneer Hi-Bred, a DuPont business, is releasing 17 new Pioneer® brand Optimum® AQUAmax™ hybrids in the 96- to 116-day comparative relative maturities (CRMs) for drought-stressed environments, helping growers match the right product with the right acre.

Combined with products already introduced last year, Optimum AQUAmax hybrids offer 25 total hybrid choices for growers in the 2012 planting season.

During a drought-stressed 2011 growing season, the first class of Optimum AQUAmax hybrids provided strong yields compared to competitive hybrids. In nearly 8,000 on-farm trials, Optimum AQUAmax hybrids yielded 7.1 percent higher in drought conditions and 3.4 percent higher in favorable weather conditions than competitors.* Growers can expect similar results from the new class of hybrids.

“Optimum AQUAmax hybrids delivered strong yields for growers in a trying year,” says Monica Patterson, Pioneer marketing manager. “Hybrids performed well in areas of drought as well as geographies that encountered adequate moisture throughout the growing season.”

Optimum AQUAmax hybrids are equipped with strong agronomics and the latest technology package. Drought tolerance is controlled by a large number of genes and heavily influenced by environmental factors (for example, heat, water stress, soil types). There is no one single solution for drought tolerance.

“Pioneer’s Optimum AQUAmax hybrids deliver multiple modes of action through a suite of native traits that have a positive impact on drought tolerance, and thus yield,” Patterson says. “Pioneer is approaching drought tolerance with an integrated approach, leveraging all the tools available to develop robust solutions for drought.”

Pioneer focuses on total product performance for Optimum AQUAmax hybrids to help growers balance productivity and profitability by implementing best management of available resources. Everything from hybrid selection by maturity, seed treatment, planting date, row spacing, plant population, planting depth, tillage practices, residue and nutrient management are factored into the Optimum AQUAmax hybrid systems approach. This approach ensures hybrids perform well in each unique growing environment using management tools and resources available.

“We’re continuing to expand Optimum AQUAmax product offerings to cover more geography,” Patterson says. “Hybrids for drought-stressed environments – along with other traits and technologies unique to Pioneer products – offer growers flexibility and risk management while maximizing yield potential in a wide range of growing environments.”

For more information about Optimum AQUAmax hybrids and the 2012 products available in your area, visit www.pioneer.com/corn or contact a local Pioneer sales professional.

Pioneer Hi-Bred, a DuPont business headquartered in Des Moines, Iowa, 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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* In 2011, the initial commercial class of Optimum® AQUAmax™ hybrids was grown in on-farm comparisons across the US against commercially available competitor hybrids selected by the grower in 680 water-limited environments with a win ratio of 64%; and 7,258 comparisons under more favorable growing conditions with a win ratio of 67%. Water limited environments are those in which the water supply/demand ratio during flowering or grain fill was less than 0.66 on a 0-1 scale (1=adequate moisture as determined by Pioneer) using Pioneer’s proprietary EnClass® system and in which the average yield of the commercially available hybrids was less than 150 bu/acre. Moisture levels were measured at the nearest weather station. More favorable growing conditions are locations where yield levels were at or above 180 bu/acre on average, regardless of moisture levels. 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 hybrids may exhibit reduced yield under water and heat stress. Individual results may vary.


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