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New EverGol(TM) Energy Fungicide Seed Treatment Available to Growers on Pioneer® Brand Soybeans

Bayer CropScience enters exclusive agreement with Pioneer Hi-Bred to launch product

RESEARCH TRIANGLE, N.C., and DES MOINES, IOWA - June 29, 2012 – Soybean producers in the US will now have access to a state-of-the-art fungicide seed treatment that can provide long-lasting protection against Rhizoctonia and other fungal diseases to help ensure greener and fuller plants, better crop establishment and improved growth.

Pioneer Hi-Bred, a DuPont business, has entered into an exclusive agreement with Bayer CropScience, to provide EverGol™ Energy fungicide seed treatment to growers planting Pioneer® brand soybeans, beginning with the 2013 growing season.

EverGol Energy seed treatment fungicide, recently registered for use in the U.S. by the Environmental Protection Agency, is a next generation technology with multiple modes of action, providing enhanced protection against a broad spectrum of early season diseases. EverGol Energy also promotes better stands under disease pressure and improves crop vigor, which can lead to more efficient use of water and nutrients.

“The launch of EverGol Energy demonstrates Bayer CropScience’s commitment to providing innovative seed solutions to farmers, and our relationship with Pioneer provides another opportunity to deliver on that promise,” says Ethan Luth, Corn & Soybean product manager at Bayer CropScience LP. “Including this new fungicide seed treatment technology for soybeans into the Pioneer Premium Seed Treatment (PPST) program will help farmers better protect their crops, maximize their investment and ultimately feed more people.”

EverGol Energy fungicide expands the choices offered to Pioneer soybean customers as part of the PPST offering. Other PPST seed treatment offerings include insecticides, an insecticide + nematode protectant and a proprietary biological/polymer for more complete protection of each soybean seed.

“Pioneer conducts extensive research evaluations of a broad range of seed treatment products among different growing conditions throughout soybean-producing areas to choose the best products for our customers,” says Warren Richardson, senior marketing manager—North America seed treatment. “EverGol Energy fungicide meets those high standards and complements Pioneer’s high-yielding soybean genetics to bring immense value to our soybean customers.”

For questions concerning the availability and use of EverGol Energy fungicide on Pioneer soybean products, growers should contact their local Pioneer sales professional. For more information on the entire EverGol line of products, visit Bayer CropScience online at www.bayercropscience.us.

Bayer is a global enterprise with core competencies in the fields of health care, nutrition and high-tech materials. Bayer CropScience, a subgroup of Bayer AG with annual sales of EUR 7.255 billion (2011), is one of the world’s leading innovative crop science companies in the areas of crop protection, non-agricultural pest control, seeds and traits. The company offers an outstanding range of products and extensive service backup for modern, sustainable agriculture and for non-agricultural applications. Bayer CropScience has a global workforce of 21,000 and is represented in more than 120 countries. This and further news is available at: www.press.bayercropscience.com.

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™.

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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