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Optimum® AcreMax® Xtra Insect Protection


What Is It?

  • Offers growers an option for single-bag refuge in areas needing both above- and  below-ground insect protection.
  • Optimum® AcreMax® Xtra products contain the following in a single bag:
    –  Pioneer® brand hybrid with a pyramid of three trusted and industry-leading traits - Herculex® XTRA (HXX) Insect Protection and YieldGard® Corn Borer (YGCB) for above-ground protection.
    –  In-the-bag refuge of a similar Pioneer hybrid with only herbicide tolerance (RR2), which satisfies all corn borer and corn rootworm refuge requirements in the Corn Belt.

Get the Optimum® AcreMax® Xtra Insect Protection Story

Watch videos and read what other growers across the U.S. are saying about Optimum AcreMax Xtra.

Growers Talk Corn Performance

Andy Bakken
Albert Lea, MN
Saves time, fuel, money, everything.
Andy Bakken - Albert Lea, MN
Saves time, fuel, money, everything.
Patrick Peyton - Dumont, MN
Pick your hybrid, put it in your field, and go.
Matt Lantz - Lake Crystal, MN
We have more opportunity to increase yields.
Nels Goblirsch - Wabasso, MN
It's easy to use. Planting windows are small in the spring.
Marty Amundson - Zumbrota, MN
Don't have to fill the planter with anything else.
Ben Schleusner - Watertown, SD
When it's crunch time, just throw it in and go.
Ken Luety - Clinton, WI
Just like pushing the simple button.
Scott Carlson - New Richmond, WI
Saved me two days of planting time.

Gary Flanders "Before Optimum® AcreMax® Xtra (products), planting was time-consuming and inconvenient. Now, we save time and don't have to clean out the planter boxes."
Gary Flanders - Rockford, IL



Nickolas Lilleberg "Optimum® AcreMax® Xtra really helps when things do not go as planned. I like the simplicity and convenience of the product and it's good to know that we are being good stewards of the land for future generations."
Nickolas Lilleberg - Atwater, MN



Jason Enter "Optimum® AcreMax® Xtra makes planting simple. Yield and simplicity, there is nothing you can do better."
Jason Enter - New Ulm, MN



Kevin Holler "There is a lot of running around with trying to be compliant with refuge. It is nice to eliminate the hassle of planting a separate refuge."
Kevin Holler - Pierpont, SD



Dennis Schopf "With Optimum® AcreMax® Xtra you don't have to worry about being in compliance, you just plant and go. We used to dedicate entire fields in refuge, but now we don't have to. Optimum® AcreMax® Xtra is simple. It's the way to go, no question."
Dennis Schopf - Sturgeon Bay, WI



Larry Hopp "Optimum® AcreMax® is simple, easy, and fast. You just throw the seed in the planter and plant. My Pioneer Sales Rep knows my land and suggested Optimum® AcreMax® Xtra because it is easy to be compliant with a spread-out operation."
Larry Hopp - Waupun, WI



Ultimate Simplicty

  • Satisfy all your above- and below-ground refuge requirements with a single product in the Corn Belt.

Maximized Farm Yields

  • Protect former refuge acres with broad-spectrum insect protection.
  • Pioneer on-farm trials show Optimum AcreMax Xtra products yield equivalent to pure stands of products with Herculex® XTRA insect protection, allowing growers opportunities to maximize their overall farm yields.

Technology Preservation

  • A new option to reduce the risk of insect resistance and extend the viability of in-plant protection in the future.


  • Pioneer offers choice in single-bag refuge, allowing you to get the right product on the right acre.



AcreMax® Xtra   AMX - Optimum® AcreMax® Xtra Insect Protection system with YGCB, HXX, LL, RR2. Contains a single-bag integrated refuge solution for above- and below-ground insects. In EPA-designated cotton growing counties, a 20% separate corn borer refuge must be planted with Optimum AcreMax Xtra products.
Herculex® RW   HXX - Herculex® XTRA contains both the Herculex I and Herculex RW genes.
Herculex® XTRA Insect Protection technology by Dow AgroSciences and Pioneer Hi-Bred. Herculex® and the HX logo are registered trademarks of Dow AgroSciences LLC.


LibertyLink®   LL - Contains the LibertyLink® gene for resistance to Liberty® herbicide.
Liberty®, LibertyLink® and the Water Droplet Design are trademarks of Bayer.


Yieldgard® Corn Borer   YGCB – The YieldGard® Corn Borer gene offers a high level of resistance to European corn borer, southwestern corn borer and southern cornstalk borer; moderate resistance to corn earworm and common stalk borer; and above average resistance to fall armyworm.
YieldGard®, the YieldGard Corn Borer design and Roundup Ready® are registered trademarks used under license from Monsanto Company.


Roundup Ready® Corn 2   RR2 - Contains the Roundup Ready® Corn 2 trait that provides safety for over-the-top applications of labeled glyphosate herbicides when applied to label directions.
Roundup Ready® is a registered trademark used under license from Monsanto Company.


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