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Optimum® AQUAmax® Products by DuPont Pioneer

Designed to make more out of every drop.

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Tough from
tassel to root

Uses less water
per bushel

Better staygreen
lengthens window
of opportunity
for growth

Equipped with
strong agronomics
and the latest
technology
packages

Optimum® AQUAmax® Hybrids from DuPont Pioneer

Designed to make more out of every drop

TOUGH - from tassel to root
BETER STAYGREEN – lengthens window of opportunity for growth
Equipped with STRONG AGRONOMICS – and the latest technology package
Uses LESS WATER per bushel

OUT-YIELDS IN DROUGHT

67% Win Ratio in water-limited growing conditions
6.9 Bu/A yield advantage in water-limited conditions

HIGH YIELD POTENTIAL IN FAVORABLE CONDITIONS

57% Win Ratio in normal growing conditions
3.6 Bu/A yield advantage in normal growing conditions

Yield Performance

The drought yield leader. Proven in the field with nearly 53,000 on-farm competitive comparisons since 2011. Optimum® AQUAmax® products from DuPont Pioneer were planted on more than 9 million acres in 2014. Learn more about a robust lineup of 70 Optimum® AQUAmax® products for 2015 along with additional corn seed traits and technologies. Harvest more bushels per drop.

2011-2014 On-Farm Performance
CategoryPioneer % Yield
Advantage
Pioneer bu/ac Yield
Advantage
% Wins# of Comps
Water-limited +7.0% +6.5 66% 5,262
Favorable +1.0% +3.0 56% 47,705


Source: From 2011-2014, Pioneer® brand Optimum® AQUAmax® products were grown in 52,967 on-farm comparisons across the United States against competitor brand products (+/- 4 CRM). Water-limited yield data includes 5,262 competitive comparisons with a win ratio of 66 percent, and favorable environment includes 47,705 competitive comparisons with a win ratio of 56 percent. 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) using the Pioneer proprietary EnClass® system and in which the yield average of competitor brand hybrids at the location was less than 150 bu/acre. Favorable growing conditions are locations where yield levels were at or above 150 bu/acre on average, regardless of water supply/demand ratio. Precipitation levels are interpolated values based on local weather stations. 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.

There have been over 42,000 on-farm competitive comparisons since 2011.

See the Difference

Prolific silking, minimized leaf rolling, deeper kernels, and an efficient root system characterize Optimum AQUAmax product performance to make more yield from every drop.

Competitive product bottom left. Pioneer® brand Optimum® AQUAmax® product P1498YHR(br) pictured top right. Location: Easton, Md. Photo taken week of July 29, 2012.

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Competitive product bottom left. Pioneer® brand Optimum® AQUAmax® product P1498YHR(br) pictured top right. Location: Easton, Md. Photo taken week of July 29, 2012.

Competitive hybrid on the left and Pioneer® brand Optimum® AQUAmax® product P1151AM on(br) the right. Location: Buchanan County, Iowa. Photo taken August 2012.

Competitive hybrid (left), Pioneer® brand Optimum® AQUAmax® product P1498 (right) in(br) Fulton, Ky. Plant population 25,000 plants per acre.

Competitive hybrid on top, Pioneer® brand Optimum® AQUAmax® product P1498AM-R on(br) bottom. DuPont Pioneer Agronomy Sciences side-by-side demonstration plots.(br) Location: Johnston, Iowa. Photo Taken: Sept. 10, 2012.

Pioneer® brand Optimum® AQUAmax® product P1498HR on the left and P1420HR hybrid on the(br) right from a DuPont Pioneer intensive corn management demonstration. Average yield advantage(br) for P1498HR was 27 bu/acre. Photo Taken: Aug. 13, 2012.

Husked back ears in the Pioneer® brand Optimum® AQUAmax® product P1498AM-R DuPont(br) Pioneer Agronomy Sciences side-by-side demonstration plots. Location: Johnston, Iowa.(br) Photo Taken: Sept. 19, 2012.

Hear What Other Growers are Saying about Optimum® AQUAmax® Products

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Glenn’s Optimum® AQUAmax® story.
Glenn Haag from Lewiston, Minn., talks about the advantages of planting Optimum AQUAmax hybrids from DuPont Pioneer. He doesn’t have to babysit this drought-tolerant hybrid.
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Glenn’s Optimum® AQUAmax® story.
Glenn Haag from Lewiston, Minn., talks about the advantages of planting Optimum AQUAmax hybrids from DuPont Pioneer. He doesn’t have to babysit this drought-tolerant hybrid.
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Cary’s Optimum® AQUAmax® story.
Cary Hajek from Tyndall, S.D., talks about the advantages of planting Optimum AQUAmax hybrids from DuPont Pioneer. After placing second last year, he’s hoping this drought-tolerant hybrid brings him first place.
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Kenton’s Optimum® AQUAmax® story.
Kenton Johnson from Granite Falls, Minn., talks about the advantages of planting Optimum AQUAmax hybrids from DuPont Pioneer. Now this drought-tolerant product is at the top of his hybrid totem pole.
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Matt’s Optimum® AQUAmax® story.
Matt Melburg from Hector, Minn., talks about the advantages of planting Optimum AQUAmax hybrids from DuPont Pioneer. This drought-tolerant hybrid handles stress so well he sleeps better at night.
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Mike’s Optimum® AQUAmax® story.
Mike Rowan from Huron, S.D., talks about the advantages of planting Optimum AQUAmax hybrids from DuPont Pioneer. This drought-tolerant hybrid doesn’t miss a lick.
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Chris’s Optimum® AQUAmax® story.
Chris Davis from Wisconsin Dells, Wis., talks about the advantages of planting Optimum AQUAmax hybrids from DuPont Pioneer. You have to come see this drought-tolerant hybrid.
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Make the Most of Every Drop
Growers from Minnesota discuss the way Optimum® AQUAmax® hybrids use water more efficiently to provide higher yield potential.
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Tougher from Root to Tassel
Growers and Pioneer sales professionals from Maryland talk about their experiences with Optimum® AQUAmax® hybrids in tough growing conditions.
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Lee Lubbers, Gregory, S.D. (01:38)
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  • For the first time in 30 years, an area in one field didn't "burn."

Mike Mauch, Fordyce, Neb. (02:25)
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  • Despite extreme heat at pollination, the plant health, ear retention and performance of the Optimum AQUAmax hybrid was astonishing.

John Schaeffer, Viborg, S.D. (01:20)
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  • The Optimum AQUAmax hybrid had great standability, good drydown, it stayed green despite heat stress and produced more bushels. It’s a total package.

Lance Kuenning (DuPont Pioneer), Hebron, Neb. (01:00)
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  • Compared to other hybrids, the Optimum AQUAmax products were able to survive longer under the drought conditions and were able to produce grain.

Grower Resources

PDF File Pioneer® brand Optimum AQUAmax Product Offerings (PDF: 1.64 MB) (PDF 2 MB)
PDF File Manage Corn Under Limited Irrigation (PDF: 628 KB) (PDF 628 KB)
PDF FilePlant Population Studies Show Yield Results (PDF: 487 KB) (PDF 487 KB)

Grower System Trials

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Pushing Plant Populations
Experiences pushing plant populations with on-farm grower system trials.
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Talking Trials
Pioneer agronomy research manager reviews grower system trials at Husker Harvest 2011.
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Minimized Risk. Maximized Productivity.
Helping corn growers make the most of moisture

During the growing season, we work closely with growers to study the impact of drought and other variable conditions on these next-generation genetics. Hundreds of growers in the western Corn Belt conduct split-planter trials across a wide range of environments and production systems. Their results help us to refine our products and validate Pioneer field research studies, which have consistently demonstrated a 5% yield advantage in water-limited situations.*

At each location, growers were asked to plant their best current hybrid and comparable Optimum® AQUAmax® hybrid in a side-by-side comparison using a split-planter layout in field-length replicated strips. The growers were also asked to increase the seeding rates by 5,000 seeds per acre. The hybrids compared were similar in relative maturity and could be Pioneer® brand or competitive hybrids.

Pioneer representatives were available to assist growers in all phases of these trials and acquire important field notes throughout the season. Each hybrid strip was harvested with the grower combine and yields recorded with either a weigh wagon or yield monitor properly calibrated prior to harvest. Results from these trials confirm the yield advantage of Optimum AQUAmax products over the grower-selected hybrids (Figure 1). They also demonstrate the ability of these hybrids to benefit from increased plant population.

Optimum® AQUAmax® Plant Population Study

Figure 1. Increased yield advantage with Optimum® AQUAmax®
hybrid P1151HR when seeding rates are increased by approximately
5000 seeds/acre compared to grower-selected hybrids across 49 trials.

Right Product, Right Acre Checklist
  1. Start with the Right Product - developed specifically for your environment.

  2. Choose the Right Field.

  3. Plant the Right Population to take advantage of new genetics.

  4. Include the Right Seed Treatment to protect against underground pests and diseases.

  5. Right Planting Time to help minimize stress during flowering.

  6. Ensure you have the Right Planter Maintenance and Speed.

  7. Use the Right Plant Spacing to maximize yield and resources.

  8. Employ the Right Residue Management for your field conditions.

  9. Maintain the Right Planting Depth for better emergence and uniform stands.

*Source: From 2011-2013, Pioneer® brand Optimum® AQUAmax® products were grown in 42,084 on-farm comparisons across the United States against competitor brand products (+/- 4 CRM). Water-limited yield data includes 5,203 competitive comparisons with a win ratio of 67 percent, and favorable environment includes 36,881 competitive comparisons with a win ratio of 57 percent. 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) using the Pioneer proprietary EnClass® system and in which the yield average of competitor brand hybrids at the location was less than 150 bu/acre. Favorable growing conditions are locations where yield levels were at or above 150 bu/acre on average, regardless of water supply/demand ratio. Precipitation levels are interpolated values based on local weather stations. 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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Yield Results: Optimum® AQUAmax® vs. Competitive Drought Hybrid
Across nearly 900 acres of competitive comparisons, Pioneer® brand Optimum® AQUAmax® (P1151HR) hybrid showed an 8.7 bu/A yield advantage over competitive drought hybrid. DuPont Pioneer Senior Marketing Manager Reed Mayberry shares yield results.
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Yield Results: Optimum® AQUAmax® vs. Competitive Drought Hybrid
Across nearly 900 acres of competitive comparisons, Pioneer® brand Optimum® AQUAmax® (P1151HR) hybrid showed an 8.7 bu/A yield advantage over competitive drought hybrid. DuPont Pioneer Senior Marketing Manager Reed Mayberry shares yield results.
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Watch a Pioneer® brand Optimum® AQUAmax® hybrid growing side-by-side the competition!
Equipped with strong agronomics and the latest technology packages, Pioneer® brand Optimum® AQUAmax® hybrids are designed to make more out of every drop. Watch this short video to see how The Drought Leader optimized water under dry conditions in the Western U.S. Corn Belt during summer 2013!
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Drought Stress Plot in LaSalle, Colo. 2012.
Pictured Right to Left: Full Irrigation (Full); water not limited. Vegetative Stress (Veg); stress from V6 to V12. Flower Stress (FS); water was held off about 1 week before until 1 week after flower then re-watered. Grain Fill Stress (GFS); irrigation was stopped after 175 GDUs post-flower. No additional water was added. Agronomics, plant density knowledge, and water management are cornerstones to product development and help provide the best management practices for growers.
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Designed to Deliver Rain or Shine
DuPont Pioneer researchers discuss how Optimum® AQUAmax® hybrids are designed to deliver rain or shine.
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When the Going Gets Tough, They Stand Tall
Growers and Pioneer sales professionals from Kansas, Nebraska and Missouri talk about the resilient traits built into Optimum® AQUAmax® hybrids.
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