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DuPont Pioneer Milestones

A True Pioneer

Henry A. Wallace

Company founder Henry A. Wallace knew a successful yield required more than planting straight rows. His early understanding of corn genetics was a game-changer for farmers who soon realized greater yield and productivity. Through the decades, DuPont Pioneer has remained true to Wallace’s vision, increasing productivity and profitability for our customers using technological innovation.



Our Timeline

2015 The DuPont Integrated Seed Science Center opens in Johnston, Iowa. This second facility in the DuPont Enterprise Seed Treatment network is dedicated to developing and testing seed treatment formulations, applications and seed handling techniques to help Pioneer offer the right seed treatments for growers’ fields to optimize genetic performance of seeds.
2015 DuPont announces two initial licensing and collaboration agreements with Vilnius University and Caribou Biosciences to advance its strategy to be an early adopter and leader in CRISPR-Cas genome editing as an advanced breeding tool for agricultural applications.
2014 Pioneer achieves research breakthrough of increasing the nutritional profile of sorghum to deliver 100 percent of the daily vitamin A requirement in children – a milestone never before achieved. These breakthroughs have the potential to help improve nutrition for the nearly 300 million people in Africa who depend on sorghum, and do not have access to another staple that provides essential nutrients sorghum lacks. DuPont Pioneer supports and contributes expertise to the Africa Biofortified Sorghum (ABS) initiative, a consortium of scientists in the U.S. and Africa working to deliver nutritionally enhanced sorghum seed for Africa farmers.
2014 Pioneer launches EncircaSM services, a suite of whole-farm, tailored decision services to help improve productivity and profitability of grower operations. EncircaSM services combine the latest technologies for weather, soils and agronomy with a grower’s field operations data to comprehensively manage whole-farm practices. Proprietary analytics and a personal advisor help growers make real-time management decisions to maximize crop yields and reduce risks.
2013 DuPont forms the Seed Treatment Enterprise, combining the expertise of Pioneer and DuPont Crop Protection to enhance customers’ crop management options by developing a superior pipeline of integrated seed treatment products.
2013 Pioneer acquired South Africa-based PANNAR Seed (Pty), with a goal of bringing farmers in South Africa and throughout Africa more product choices and better products, faster than either business could do individually.
2010 Pioneer gains approval to sell Optimum® AcreMax® 1 and Optimum® AcreMax® RW insect protection – the industry's first integrated corn rootworm refuge management solution – and receives U.S. approval for Plenish® high oleic soybeans. The development and commercialization of Plenish® high oleic soybean oil is an example of how biotechnology can provide direct benefits to the food industry and consumers.
2008 Pioneer introduces PROaccess® Genetics to make its seed genetics available to more growers through a network of distributors and affiliates.
2005 Herculex® RW and Herculex® XTRA insect protection are introduced, and Pioneer FIT® Mapping System is launched.
2004 Herculex® I insect protection is introduced, and Pioneer acquires Verdia and gene shuffling technology.
2002 Pioneer enters into a joint venture to market seed corn in China.
2001 Pioneer marks the 75th anniversary of incorporation.
1999 DuPont completes purchase of Pioneer.
1997 DuPont purchases 20 percent of Pioneer.
1996 Pioneer is the first to start a genomics effort in corn.
1995 Pioneer stock is listed on the New York Stock Exchange.
1991 Pioneer becomes the number one brand of soybeans in North America.
1990 The use of winter nurseries as product development tools is initiated.
1989 The company establishes its own biotechnology team, and South America seed production capacity is expanded.
1982 Pioneer sales representatives use portable data entry systems for seed sales, and annual worldwide sales surpass 10 million units.
1981 Pioneer becomes the seed corn market share leader in North America.
1973 Pioneer establishes soybean seed operations and becomes a publicly traded company.
1971 Pioneer expands operations into Central and South America and Western Europe.
1970 The company changes its name to Pioneer Hi-Bred International, Inc., and establishes a separate overseas subsidiary.
1964 Pioneer establishes the first research station outside North America, in Jamaica.
1962 Pioneer sorghum operation begins in Plainview, Texas.
1957 Pioneer opens the York, Nebraska, research center to enhance research efforts focused upon improving drought tolerance in corn.
1952 The "Long Look" business philosophy is written.
1950 Pioneer uses electronic data processing to analyze corn yield tests.
1949 Annual sales of Pioneer® brand seed corn in North America pass the million-unit mark.
1946 Pioneer Hi-Bred Corn Company of Canada is founded.
1944 Henry A. Wallace works with the Rockefeller Foundation and the Government of Mexico to develop the Office of Special Studies, which eventually led to the establishment of the International Maize and Wheat Improvement Center (also known as CIMMYT), which was a driver of the Green Revolution.
1941 Henry A. Wallace elected United States vice president under President Franklin D. Roosevelt. Wallace served as vice president from 1941 to 1945.
1940 U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Wallace met with Mexican agricultural officials to discuss agricultural cooperation between the U.S. and Mexico.
1935 The company changes its name to Pioneer Hi-Bred Corn Company.
1933 Henry A. Wallace, a founder of the Hi-Bred Corn Company, elected United States secretary of agriculture. Wallace served in this role from 1933 to 1940.
1926 Henry A. Wallace incorporates the Hi-Bred Corn Company.




Encirca® services   Encirca® services are provided subject to the terms and conditions of purchase which are part of the purchase documents.
AcreMax® 1     AM1 - Optimum® AcreMax® 1 Insect Protection System with an integrated corn rootworm refuge solution includes HXX, LL, RR2. Optimum AcreMax 1 products contain the LibertyLink® gene and can be sprayed with Liberty® herbicide. The required corn borer refuge can be planted up to half a mile away.


AcreMax® RW    AMRW - Optimum® AcreMax® RW Rootworm Protection system with a single-bag integrated corn rootworm refuge solution includes HXRW, LL, RR2.


Herculex® I Herculex® RW Herculex® XTRA
HX1 – Contains the Herculex® I Insect Protection gene which provides protection against European corn borer, southwestern corn borer, black cutworm, fall armyworm, lesser corn stalk borer, southern corn stalk borer, and sugarcane borer; and suppresses corn earworm.
HXRW – The Herculex® RW Insect Protection trait contains proteins that provide enhanced resistance against western corn rootworm, northern corn rootworm, and Mexican corn rootworm.
HXX – Herculex® XTRA contains both the Herculex I and Herculex RW genes.
Herculex® Insect Protection technology by Dow AgroSciences and Pioneer Hi-Bred. Herculex® and the HX logo are registered trademarks of Dow AgroSciences LLC.