Press Release •  12/16/2020

Farmers Planting Pioneer® Brand Corn Take Top Honors in NCGA Corn Yield Contest

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Mirroring National Harvest Results, Pioneer Brand Corn Shows Consistent bu/A Advantage Over Competition

JOHNSTON, Iowa — The winners in the annual National Corn Growers Association (NCGA) Corn Yield Contest have been announced, and farmers who planted Pioneer® brand corn products took home top honors — winning 13 national and 219 state awards. Headlining the winners was Don Stall of Charlotte, Michigan, who achieved the highest overall yield by producing 476 bu/A using Pioneer® brand P0720AM™ — the fourth year in a row a Pioneer product helped deliver that title. In all, farmers who planted Pioneer brand corn products placed first or second in 41 states.

“We congratulate all the NCGA Corn Yield Contest winners, many of whom faced a myriad of challenges and all of whom delivered in the midst of a global pandemic,” said Judd O’Connor, President, U.S. Commercial Business, Corteva Agriscience. “The contest results reflect what we saw at this year’s harvest, where our most popular Pioneer brand corn products won the majority of competitive on-farm trials averaging a more than 4 bu/A yield advantage — helping farmers win contests, but more importantly, hit on-farm goals.”1

Despite a range of extreme conditions in many areas posed by events like drought, derechos and hurricanes, farmers were still able to deliver impressive yield results when harvest entries were tallied. With a diverse seed lineup bred to deliver in a variety of conditions, Pioneer brand corn products performed exceptionally well in the contest, showcased by the more than 80 unique Pioneer products placing among all state and national winners.

“Today’s farmers are no strangers to dealing with adversity, and in spite of that, it’s inspiring to see what farmers can achieve each year in top-end yield results when coupling their intensive management practices with best-in-class seed products,” O’Connor said. “Farmers can be confident that Pioneer has the right hybrid to help reach their yield goals and improve farm income by growing more bushels across their corn acres.”

U.S. corn farmers compete annually in the NCGA Corn Yield Contest. Designed to feature the genetic yield potential of modern hybrids and serve as an opportunity to learn from their peers, farmers enter to compete in six corn production classes: including non-irrigated (A and AA), no-till/strip-till non-irrigated (A and AA), irrigated and no-till/strip-till irrigated. The AA Non-Irrigated class is open to Midwestern producers in Wisconsin, Ohio, Missouri, Minnesota, Iowa, Indiana and Illinois. The A Non-Irrigated class is open to any producer in the continental United States outside of the AA class.

For a list of national and state winners, yield totals and hybrid numbers, go to

For more information about Pioneer® brand corn products and the broad range of high-yield potential Pioneer products, growers should contact their local Pioneer sales representative.

About Pioneer
Pioneer, the flagship seed brand of Corteva Agriscience, is the world’s leading developer and supplier of advanced plant genetics, providing high-quality seeds to farmers in more than 90 countries. Pioneer provides agronomic support and services to help increase farmer productivity and profitability and strives to develop sustainable agricultural systems for people everywhere.

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About Corteva Agriscience
Corteva Agriscience is a publicly traded, global pure-play agriculture company that provides farmers around the world with the most complete portfolio in the industry - including a balanced and diverse mix of seed, crop protection and digital solutions focused on maximizing productivity to enhance yield and profitability. With some of the most recognized brands in agriculture and an industry-leading product and technology pipeline well positioned to drive growth, the company is committed to working with stakeholders throughout the food system as it fulfills its promise to enrich the lives of those who produce and those who consume, ensuring progress for generations to come. Corteva Agriscience became an independent public company on June 1, 2019 and was previously the Agriculture Division of DowDuPont. More information can be found at

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1Data is based on an average of 2020 comparisons made in the U.S. through Nov. 1, 2020. Comparisons are against all competitors, technology segment matched, unless otherwise stated, and within a +/- 3 CRM of the competitive brand.

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