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Growers Planting Pioneer® Brand Sorghum Hybrids Win Majority of National Categories in NSP Contest

DES MOINES, Iowa, December 20, 2012 – Growers planting Pioneer® brand sorghum hybrids recently won five of seven first-place finishes and 12 of the 17 top three finishes in national categories in the 2012 National Sorghum Producers (NSP) Yield and Management Contest. Six of these growers won national finishes with Pioneer sorghum hybrid 84G62.

First-, second- and third-place national honors were awarded in five of the categories. Growers compete within a broad range of seven sorghum production classes, including conventional-till irrigated, conventional-till non-irrigated, mulch-till non-irrigated, no-till non-irrigated, reduced-till irrigated, double crop non-irrigated and double crop irrigated.

In addition to national placings, growers planting Pioneer sorghum hybrids captured 74% percent of all state category placements.

Steve Feight, won the 2012 Non-Irrigated Bin Buster Award with Pioneer sorghum hybrid 84P80 at 160.37 bu/ac.

NSP contest winners are awarded based on their ability to exceed established USDA yield averages for the county where the contest field is grown; the "bin-buster" awards are given to the actual highest yield gained in irrigated and non-irrigated categories.

The NSP Yield and Management Contest is an annual competition among sorghum producers with the goal of producing the highest yields.

"Once again, growers planting Pioneer sorghum hybrids have dominated the NSP yield contest this year” said Rowdy Smith, Pioneer senior marketing manager, Lincoln, Neb. "The attentive management practices of these growers, along with strong performing products, led to their success. Having the majority of the top-yielding hybrids in this contest shows the advantages Pioneer products bring to the financial bottom line of sorghum producers."

"The success these growers have with Pioneer sorghum products is testament to the quality research program that delivers higher harvestable yields and defensive traits to protect those yields."

State and national winners will be recognized at the NSP Yield and Management Contest Awards Dinner on Friday, March 1, 2013, during the 2013 Commodity Classic in Kissimmee, Fla.

Details about individual winners can be found on the Pioneer website at http://www.pioneer.com/nsp/. For more information about the broad range of top-producing Pioneer products, growers should contact their local Pioneer sales professional.

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