Press Release •  12/17/2020

Producers Planting Pioneer® Brand Sorghum Hybrids Continue to Dominate NSP Yield Contest

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In Last Four Years, Nearly 80% of All Wins Were With Pioneer Brand Sorghum

JOHNSTON, Iowa -- The results of the National Sorghum Producers (NSP) Yield Contest were announced yesterday, and farmers who grew Pioneer® brand sorghum hybrids represented nearly 90% of all national first-, second- and third-place winners and earned 6 of 7 first-place national honors.

Ella Johnston of Fulton County, Pennsylvania, won both top yield and set a new U.S. dryland sorghum yield record achieving 245.86 bu/A using Pioneer® brand 84G62 sorghum. The winning extended to the state level, where farmers who grew Pioneer brand sorghum won 29 of 33 state first-place titles, while accounting for 81% of all state category winners.

“This year’s results are a testament to the seemingly boundless yield potential of today’s elite hybrids when coupled with comprehensive management practices and backed by the right agronomic support team,” said LeAnn Larson, Pioneer Sorghum Marketing Manager. “Every year, I am impressed with how these committed farmers manage to outperform expectations in the pursuit of yield – despite frequently challenging conditions, and this year, under the uncertainty of a global pandemic.”

Over the past four years, nearly 80% of the NSP Yield Contest national winners grew Pioneer brand sorghum hybrids — demonstrating a consistent pattern of top-end yield performance across diverse geographies and various field management practices. The NSP Yield Contest awards participating farmers with first, second and third places in each of seven divisions: dryland-no till east, dryland-no till west, dryland-tillage east, dryland-tillage west, irrigated-east, irrigated-west and food grade.

For a complete list of winners, go to

More information about top-yielding Pioneer brand sorghum hybrids is available from your 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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