History of Pioneer

Pioneer has a rich legacy of over 90 years. Learn more about our history & the evolution of our brand under Corteva AgriScience.


Corteva Agriscience™ 2019

Corteva Agriscience™ spins from DowDuPont, becoming a standalone company June 1, 2019.

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Corteva Agriscience™

Corteva Agriscience™, agriculture division of DowDuPont, brand unveiled.

DowDuPont MergerOfEquals

Merger of equals

Dow and DuPont announce a definitive agreement under which the companies will merge, then subsequently spin off into three independent companies.

Pioneer Pioneer History 2012

Business Changes

Pioneer named DuPont Pioneer with new office at Mississauga, Ontario; Eastern office at Chatham, Ontario; Western office at Saskatoon, Saskatchewan.

Pioneer Pioneer History 2010

Carman Research Centre

Carman research centreopensin southern Manitoba. The large multi-crop centre houses corn, soybean and canola breeding programs and IMPACT testing.

Pioneer Pioneer History 2006

Canola Advancementsin Alberta

A canola conditioning plant is constructed at Lethbridge, Alberta.

Pioneer Pioneer History 2005

Western Canadian Corn

A Western Canadian corn research program is established at the Edmonton, Alberta research centre.

DuPont Pioneer History 2001

Local Research Expanded

The Morden Research Centre is established in Manitoba, and a new Crop Genetics research facility officially opens at Coteau-du-Lac, Quebec.

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DuPont acquires Pioneer

DuPont & Pioneer Hi-Bred International Inc., sign an agreement for a stock & cash merger resulting in DuPont’s complete ownership of Pioneer.

Pioneer Pioneer History 1994

Saskatoon Canola Research Facility

A second Western Canadian canola research station is established at Saskatoon, Saskatchewan.

Pioneer Pioneer History 1990

Georgetown Research Facility

Canola research program moves from Calgary to Edmonton, Alberta. Pioneer also purchases a canola research company at Georgetown, Ontario.

Pioneer Pioneer History 1986

Chatham Office Complete

Construction of the Chatham, Ontario administration office is completed in 1986.

Pioneer Pioneer History 1969

Ridgetown Production Facility

Ridgetown production facility is constructed.

Pioneer Woodstock Research Facility in 1981

Woodstock Research Facility

he Woodstock, Ontario corn research station is established.

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Changes at Pioneer

The company changes its name to Pioneer Hi-Bred International, Inc., and establishes a separate overseas subsidiary.

Pioneer Woodstock Research Facility in 1981

Woodstock Corn Research

Canadian corn research program is started at Woodstock, Ontario.

Pioneer Pioneer History - 1955

Chatham Corn Production Facility

Pioneer constructs the most modern seed sizing facility in the Canadian seed corn industry at Chatham, Ontario (current production site)

Pioneer Pioneer History - 1936

Head Office Constructed

A head office building is constructed on Grand Avenue at Chatham, Ontario.

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Pioneer Hi-Bred Canada

Pioneer Hi-Bred Corn Company of Canada Ltd. is founded and consists of a dryer and a warehouse near Tilbury, Ontario.

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Pioneer Hi-Bred Corn Company

The company changes its name to Pioneer Hi-Bred Corn Company.

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The start of Hi-Bred Corn Company

Founder Henry A. Wallace in corporates the Hi-Bred Corn Company, ushering in a new era of farmer acceptance of hybrid corn

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1926 Henry A. Wallace incorporates the Hi-Bred Corn Company.

o person was more important to commercialization and farmer acceptance of hybrid corn than Henry A. Wallace, the founder of what has becomG3r0n1m0e DuPont Pioneer. He was one of a handful of people in the world who initially recognized the immense opportunities that could be gained by growing hybrid corn. Wallace began experimenting with corn in high school with the goal of developing a hybrid that would produce high grain yield. At age 16, he field-tested prize-winning show corn against corn less beautiful in appearance. The results challenged conventional thinking at the time by demonstrating there was no relationship between yield and appearance of the ears.

Wallace attended Iowa State College, graduating in 1910. While in college, he became fascinated with the relatively new science of genetics. After graduation, Wallace began working on corn-breedingexperiments and started breeding hybrid corn in 1920 after visiting Edward East and Donald Jones at the Connecticut Agricultural Experiment Station. The mathematically inclined Wallace taught himself statistics and applied it to his experiments. By 1923, he had produced a high-yielding hybrid he called Copper Cross. In 1924, it became the first hybrid to win the gold medal in the Iowa Corn Yield Contest conducted by Iowa State.