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DuPont Pioneer Research Investment Yields 132 New Products for 2013 Season

Doubles Availability of Optimum® AQUAmax™ Corn Products


DES MOINES, Iowa - March 6, 2013 - DuPont Pioneer announced final advancements of 132 new Pioneer® brand corn products for 2013, including 36 new genetic platforms. These new products are available to growers for their 2013 planting.

"Each of these products exemplifies the ‘right product for the right acre' strategy to help growers across the U.S. address their local agronomic challenges and continue to maximize yield in the toughest growing environments," says Bob Heimbaugh, North American director of corn product evaluation.

The expansive Pioneer product lineup includes 57 new additions to the Optimum® AcreMax® family of products - providing an innovative single-bag integrated refuge. Of these products, 34 new corn choices - including Optimum AcreMax 1, Optimum AcreMax Xtra and Optimum AcreMax XTreme products - feature insect protection from above and below ground insect pests with the integrated refuge for Corn Belt acres. Also available are 23 new Optimum AcreMax products with dual mode-of-action for above ground insect protection with a 95/5 percent integrated blend which satisfies refuge requirements in the Corn Belt.

The introductions include 27 new Optimum® AQUAmax™ products which doubles the availability of these products from Pioneer. Now, growers ranging from the western to the eastern Corn Belt and north to the Dakotas and Minnesota will have Optimum AQUAmax products to consider for planting.

Growers in geographies where Optimum AQUAmax products are available now have the opportunity to select from 45 new or proven corn products for water-limited environments. Ranging in comparative relative maturity from 89 to 115 CRM, more growers can plant Optimum AQUAmax products on acres annually challenged by water limitations.

"Just about every farm has a field that has a challenging soil type or situation limiting water availability," Heimbaugh says. "Optimum AQUAmax hybrids continue to thrive in dry periods during a growing season or a full-on drought."

On 11,269 on-farm comparisons with competitive products, 2012 yield data from DuPont Pioneer shows an advantage of 8.9 percent with Optimum AQUAmax products in water-limited environments; and a 1.9 percent yield advantage in favorable growing environments at locations harvested. Across the past two growing seasons based on 19,207 on-farm comparisons, Optimum AQUAmax products have shown an 8.7 percent yield advantage in water-limited environments and a 2.6 percent yield advantage in favorable growing conditions.*

"Our dedication to robust genetics and long-lasting trait solutions is especially evident this year as our Optimum AQUAmax products were put to the ultimate test in the widespread drought of 2012," Heimbaugh says.

For more information about Pioneer corn hybrids and the broad range of top-producing Pioneer products, growers should contact their local Pioneer sales professionals.

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™.

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3/6/13

Contact:    Jerry Harrington
515-535-6908
jerry.harrington@pioneer.com
 


*In 2012, Optimum® AQUAmax™ products were grown in on-farm comparisons against competitive hybrids (+/- 4 CRM) in 3,606 water-limited environments with a win ratio of 69 percent; and 7,663 comparisons under favorable growing conditions with a win ratio of 59 percent in the United States. Cumulative claim includes all 2011 and 2012 on-farm comparisons across the United States. 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 DuPont Pioneer) using the Pioneer proprietary EnClass® system and in which the average yield of competitor brand hybrids was less than 150 bu/acre. Moisture levels were measured at the nearest weather station. 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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