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Optimum® AQUAmax® Hybrids

Developed to get more out of every drop of water and deliver a yield advantage, rain or shine.

The Drought Performance Leader

Pioneer® brand Optimum® AQUAmax® corn hybrids equip farmers with strong agronomics and integrated technology packages that perform, rain or shine. These corn products offer improved performance in water-limited conditions and are bred to optimize product performance in your local environment.

Designed to Make More Out of Every Drop

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Optimum® AQUAmax® hybrids are highly resilient in challenging conditions and responsive to favorable ones. These hybrids are bred to include key native traits that improve your crop’s root system and silk emergence, among other agronomic characteristics, to manage drought stress.

Superior Performance Year After Year

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Optimum® AQUAmax® corn hybrids had an average yield advantage of 6.2 bu/A with a win ratio of 63 percent in on-farm competitive comparisons in water-limited environments in 2018. In favorable conditions, they offered an average yield advantage of 4.7 bu/A with a win ratio of 61 percent in on-farm competitive comparisons in 2018.

Equipped With Strong Agronomics and Integrated Technology Packages

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Optimum® AQUAmax® hybrids include key native traits designed to help withstand drought stress and protect against yield loss. Our hybrids are locally adapted and equipped with strong agronomics. In addition, they are available in a wide range of maturities and technology packages for insect protection and herbicide tolerance. 

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“It shows toughness and resilience. I know that plant is going to thrive.”

Matt Melberg, Hector, Minnesota

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Unmatched Research Delivering Results

Pioneer has been a leader in drought tolerance research for more than 50 years. To fit the high standard to become an Optimum® AQUAmax® product, hybrids must be tested in multiple drought testing locations over multiple years, achieve a 2 percent yield advantage as well as demonstrate parity performance versus the industry-leading checks in well-watered conditions. 

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Find the Right Product for Every Acre

The best genetics, top trait packages and extensive local field knowledge combine to deliver new products with proven performance consistency across years and environments. Use Pioneer® brand corn products to maximize yield potential on every acre.

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Source: Pioneer® brand Optimum® AQUAmax® products were grown in 13, 623 on-farm comparisons across the United States against competitor brand products (+/- 4 CRM) in 2018. Water-limited yield data includes 240 competitive comparisons with a win ratio of 63 percent, and favorable environment includes 13,383 competitive comparisons with a win ratio of 61 percent. Water-limited environments are those in which the water supply/demand ratio during flowering or grain fill was less than 0.66 on a 0-1 scale (1=adequate moisture) using the Pioneer proprietary EnClass® system and in which the yield average of competitor brand hybrids at the location was less than 150 bu/acre. Favorable growing conditions are locations where yield levels were at or above 150 bu/acre on average, regardless of water supply/demand ratio. Precipitation levels are interpolated values based on local weather stations. 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 hybrids may exhibit reduced yield under water and heat stress. Individual results may vary.