Press Release •  12/10/2020

New Class of Pioneer® Brand Seed Products Builds on Agronomic Achievements

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93 New Corn and Soybean Products Highlight Innovation, Commitment to Farmer Success

JOHNSTON, Iowa - The consistent success of Pioneer® brand seed products and Corteva Agriscience’s commitment to innovation shine brightly through the 93 new Pioneer brand corn and soybean products being introduced to the U.S. market in 2021. These products have proven potential after completing multiple years of testing, including pre-commercial IMPACT™ (Intensively Managed Product Advancement Characterization and Testing) trials.

“The importance of excellent agronomic traits can never be overstated. That is increasingly apparent in years like this, where weather extremes are commonplace,” said Judd O’Connor, President, U.S. Commercial Business, Corteva Agriscience. “Pioneer brand seeds are thoroughly tested by our team of experts to ensure farmers can have great confidence that their products will perform in a variety of conditions.”

This new class of products is built to deliver consistency and top-end yield. The strenuous testing Corteva puts new hybrids and varieties through aims to provide farmers with unmatched yield potential, excellent agronomic traits and top-notch disease and insect resistance in every Pioneer product.

Arming the Corn Revolution

With 43 new corn products from 26 new genetic platforms, the 2021 class of Pioneer brand hybrids are ready to join the ranks of the high-performing products in Pioneer’s product portfolio. Expanding on the success of earlier classes, the 2021 class features many top-performing options, with maturities ranging from 75 to 117 CRM.

Spanning the past three years, the 2020 class, dubbed the “Corn Revolution,” has provided a noticeable benefit to farmers, averaging an 8.8 bu/A average yield advantage over competitors in on-farm and IMPACT™ trials.1 The 2021 class will build upon that success with a wide selection of products to meet the needs of farmers, including such key products as:

  • 12 new Pioneer brand Qrome® products, which deliver an optimized balance of yield, agronomics and corn rootworm protection.
  • 4 new Pioneer brand Optimum® AQUAmax® products, with key native traits that improve root systems and silk emergence while excelling in both limited and optimal water environments.
  • 3 new Pioneer brand Optimum® Leptra® insect protection hybrids that provide superior protection against above-ground pests, protect grain quality and help maximize yield.
  • 3 yellow food-grade and 2 white food-grade products, one waxy product and 5 new conventional products, expanding its leading portfolio of end-use products and demonstrating its commitment to innovation and choices in specialty corn markets.

“Pioneer brand Qrome products continue to play a critical part in the Corn Revolution and are making significant gains in the marketplace,” said Geoff Graham, Vice President of Plant Breeding, Corteva Agriscience. “By adding these new Qrome products, we are building upon the success we saw this year -- a 7.7 bu/A yield advantage over competitive SmartStax® technology.2 The entire class demonstrates our commitment to the success of every farmer in every location, so they can select the hybrids that best fit their operations.”

The Power of Pioneer® brand in Every New Soybean Advancement

Fifty new soybean products with unmatched genetic potential and agronomic traits are part of the 2021 Pioneer class of products.

This new 2021 class of soybean products expands upon the success of the 2020 class, which averaged 2.1 bu/A advantage over two years vs. the competition.3 Leading the charge for the new class include several Pioneer® brand Enlist E3® soybean and Pioneer brand A-Series soybean varieties. This robust class covers relative maturities from 00.9 to 5.4, including:

  • 24 new Enlist E3 soybean varieties, which have shown strong yield performance versus competitive varieties with the Enlist E3 soybean trait.
  • 26 new Pioneer brand A-Series soybean varieties, the highest-yielding varieties ever introduced by Pioneer.
    • 5 new Pioneer brand Plenish® high oleic soybeans, a healthier soybean oil that has become the industry standard among processors and end users.
    • 14 Pioneer brand soybeans with Roundup Ready 2 Xtend® technology.
    • 5 Pioneer brand soybeans with Roundup Ready 2 Xtend® technology with LibertyLink® gene stack, the first products with this stack in the Pioneer portfolio.
    • 2 new conventional soybean varieties, which provide more choices to farmers in specialty soybean markets.

“This new class of soybean varieties really sets us apart from the competition and builds on one of the most robust lineups available to farmers,” said Jeff Thompson, Global Soybean Research Lead, Corteva Agriscience. “Our commitment to agronomic advancements with our soybean traits is second-to-none and is on full display with this class. By offering more varieties with high yield potential, which are bred with defensive and agronomic traits, we are taking our game to the next level and showing farmers that we mean business when it comes to protecting their yield.”

Forty-eight new soybean varieties have native resistance to soybean cyst nematode (SCN). Already a leader in developing varieties with the Peking source of SCN resistance -- an effective alternative to the PI 88788 source of SCN resistance -- Pioneer advanced five new varieties with the Peking trait, from RM 1.3 to 3.6.

Thirty-four new varieties have genes to protect against Phytophthora -- the most common soybean disease. Pioneer is expanding that lineup by introducing stacked 1K/3A varieties, which contain multiple Phytophthora resistant genes and will provide farmers with even greater protection from this disease than currently available.

The Pioneer soybean lineup also advanced 10 varieties that have tolerance to sulfonylurea herbicides, which work on a broad range of grasses and broadleaf weeds.

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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 the average of comparisons 2018-2020 in the U.S. Comparisons are against all competitors, technology segment matched, unless otherwise stated, and within a +/- 3 CRM of the competitive brand.

2Data 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. Product responses are variable and subject to any number of environmental, disease and pest pressures. Individual results may vary. Multi-year and multi-location data are a better predictor of future performance. DO NOT USE THIS OR ANY OTHER DATA FROM A LIMITED NUMBER OF TRIALS AS A SIGNIFICANT FACTOR IN PRODUCT SELECTION. Refer to or contact a Pioneer sales representative or authorized dealer for the latest and complete listing of traits and scores for each Pioneer® brand product.

3Data is based on the average of comparisons 2019-2020 in the U.S. Comparisons are against all competitors, technology segment matched, unless otherwise stated, and within a +/- 3 CRM of the competitive brand.

SmartStax® technology, YieldGard® and the YieldGard Corn Borer design, Roundup Ready® and Roundup Ready 2 Xtend® are registered trademarks of Monsanto Technology LLC used under license.

Liberty®, LibertyLink® and the Water Droplet Design are trademarks of BASF.

Agrisure® and Agrisure Viptera® are registered trademarks of, and used under license from, a Syngenta Group Company. Agrisure® technology incorporated into these seeds is commercialized under a license from Syngenta Crop Protection AG.

Plenish® high oleic soybeans have an enhanced oil profile and are produced and channeled under contract to specific grain markets. Growers should refer to the Product Use Guide on‑stewardship.html for more information.

Qrome® products are approved for cultivation in the U.S. and Canada. They have also received approval in a number of importing countries, most recently China. For additional information about the status of regulatory authorizations, visit

Product label instructions must be followed at all times. No offer for sale, sale or use of these products are permitted prior to issuance of the required country, region or state registrations.

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 products may exhibit reduced yield under water and heat stress. Individual results may vary.

DO NOT APPLY DICAMBA HERBICIDE IN-CROP TO SOYBEANS WITH Roundup Ready 2 Xtend® technology unless you use a dicamba herbicide product that is specifically labeled for that use in the location where you intend to make the application. IT IS A VIOLATION OF FEDERAL AND STATE LAW TO MAKE AN IN-CROP APPLICATION OF ANY DICAMBA HERBICIDE PRODUCT ON SOYBEANS WITH Roundup Ready 2 Xtend® technology, OR ANY OTHER PESTICIDE APPLICATION, UNLESS THE PRODUCT LABELING SPECIFICALLY AUTHORIZES THE USE. Contact the U.S. EPA and your state pesticide regulatory agency with any questions about the approval status of dicamba herbicide products for in-crop use with soybeans with Roundup Ready 2 Xtend® technology.

ALWAYS READ AND FOLLOW PESTICIDE LABEL DIRECTIONS. Soybeans with Roundup Ready 2 Xtend® technology contain genes that confer tolerance to glyphosate and dicamba. Glyphosate herbicides will kill crops that are not tolerant to glyphosate. Dicamba will kill crops that are not tolerant to dicamba.

The transgenic soybean event in Enlist E3® soybeans is jointly developed and owned by Dow AgroSciences LLC and M.S. Technologies L.L.C.