Press Release •  7/12/2021

New Lumiderm® Soybean Insecticide Seed Treatment From Pioneer Doubles Spectrum of Insect Control

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Delivers a 1 to 2 bu/A Yield Advantage and Reduces Stand Gaps by 8% Over Leading Insecticide Seed Treatment

JOHNSTON, Iowa — Beginning in 2022, soybean growers will be able to protect the genetic potential of their seed investment against double the damaging pests. Lumiderm® is a new insecticide seed treatment, containing a novel Group 28 insecticide mode of action, that shields soybean seedlings against twice the number of insect species when compared with Gaucho® seed treatment, adding cutworms, white grubs, thrips and wireworms to the spectrum of control.

“Growers — especially those who prefer to plant early — want better protection from emerging pest pressure during the early critical growth stage,” said Brad Van Kooten, Pioneer Seed Treatment Category Leader. “Getting soybeans off to a strong start with less insect pressure is key to developing healthier root systems and fuller and more uniform plant stands; and helping to maximize yield potential.”

The new Lumiderm insecticide seed treatment provides additional advantages over Gaucho® seed treatment, including a consistent 1 to 2 bu/A yield advantage in multi-year trials and an 8% reduction in plant stand gaps.1 In fields with a history of heavy insect pressure, Lumiderm also works exceptionally well when paired with Gaucho® seed treatment and other seed-applied products, adding a unique mode of action on bean leaf beetles, seedcorn maggots and aphids.

Lumiderm is part of the LumiGEN® seed treatment portfolio from Pioneer for soybeans. It was released in limited grower testing quantities this season and will be fully available for the 2022 planting season. Tony Collins, owner of Collins Ag Services, Inc., partner in Pfeiffer Seeds, Inc.; and a Pioneer sales representative in Hastings, Nebraska, planted Pioneer® brand A-Series soybeans, Pioneer® variety P27A30, in side-by-side trials. He planted half with a LumiGEN seed treatment package that included Gaucho® insecticide and half that also added Lumiderm® insecticide.

“Visually, the soybeans with the Lumiderm package just look healthier at this point; they’re fuller, more mature and a little taller than the plot treated with the standard package,” said Collins. “We also saw better final stand counts — 158,000 plants per acre versus 142,000 plants per acre on a 170,000 seed per acre planting rate.”

In addition to growers who are focused on realizing higher soybean yield potential, Lumiderm insecticide seed treatment has a clear fit with growers who plant cover crops.

“Cover crops can be an important part of a sustainable agriculture system by suppressing weeds, preserving nitrogen and improving soil quality, but they also can attract increased and broader insect populations to decaying crop residue and cover crop plants,” said Van Kooten. “Lumiderm reduces the risk of stand loss issues in fields with cover crops with its enhanced protection against heavy insect pressure."

Growers can contact their local Pioneer sales representative to help accurately determine if their fields are good candidates for seed treatments. More information on premium seed treatments for soybeans can be found at

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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1Significant yield improvement and reduction in plant stand gaps based on Corteva Agriscience research data 2018-2019, 73 locations.

Components of LumiGEN® seed treatments are applied at a Corteva Agriscience production facility, or by an independent sales representative of Corteva Agriscience or its affiliates. Not all sales representatives offer treatment services, and costs and other charges may vary. See your sales representative for details. Seed applied technologies exclusive to Corteva Agriscience and its affiliates.

Lumiderm® may not be registered for sale or use in all states. Contact your state pesticide regulatory agency to determine if a product is registered for sale or use in your state. Always read and follow label directions. Gaucho® is a registered trademark of Bayer CropScience.

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