The Pioneer Tour Podcast

After hosting the Pioneer Corn Revolution for two seasons, Matt sets off on a new series to understand the revolutionary changes impacting all Pioneer crops. North, south, east and west. Wherever there's a Pioneer lab to investigate and a Pioneer scientist or agronomist to talk to.

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THE PROCESS BEHIND NEW PRODUCTS

Every year, after all the IMPACT™ trial results are in, Pioneer releases a bevy of new product advancements. But what’s the process to get to that point? In this episode, Matt uncovers the process behind the new products with Derek Bowman, product agronomist with Pioneer.


PUSHING THE LIMITS

Every soybean farmer has yield goals in the spring. So what’s the secret to maxing out soybean yield? In this episode, Matt talks to Matt Miles, a grower in Arkansas; his agronomist, Robb Dedman; and gets management advice from Matt’s Pioneer agronomist, James Watkins.


ROOTING FOR YIELD

Yield is king in growing corn. But everything from weather to pests are taking shots at the crown. How can farmers balance protection and performance? In this episode, Matt gets perspective from Rob Sharkey, an Illinois corn grower; and his Pioneer sales rep, Lance Gentle.


THE STORY BEHIND THE NUMBERS

Harvest numbers can sometimes feel like everyone is a winner. But not all data is equal. In this episode, Matt hears from Product Lifecycle Manager Jerron Schmoll and Agronomy Manager Mary Gumz — and discovers the process is even more stringent than he imagined.


THERE’S A LAB FOR THAT?

Pioneer has got a lab for just about everything — including forage and inoculant quality. To find out what this all means for farmers’ feed bunks, Matt talks with Dr. Chris Iiams, a senior research scientist at Pioneer.


FROM FIELDS TO FORKS: AN OIL BOOM

In part three, Matt talks with Tyler Groeneveld, Grain and Oils Leader with Corteva Agriscience and Kristie Sigler, Senior Vice President and Partner, Food & Nutrition, FleishmanHillard, to find out more about the increase in demand for healthy oils and how that’s impacting farmers.


FROM FIELDS TO FORKS: QUALITY INGREDIENTS

Part two of our series on crop production for the human food chain takes us from cornfields to a processing plant. To learn about Pioneer’s involvement in the end ingredient market, Matt talks to Mark Macrander, Director, Specialty Grains and Plant Science from Ingredion.


FROM FIELDS TO FORKS: CORN’S JOURNEY

Ever wondered how much Pioneer® brand corn and soybeans are grown for human consumption? In the next three episodes, Matt explores the intricacies and challenges of crop production for the human food chain, starting with Roger Theisen, Pioneer’s marketing manager for specialty corn and soybeans.


BACK TO THE FUTURE (OF CORN)

Corn breeders look to the future, while learning from the past. In this episode, Matt gets a glimpse into the future of Pioneer® brand corn from Neil Hoss, North American Corn Product Manager; and Matt Smalley, leader of Agriculture Systems Design and Optimization.


THE WEATHER FACTOR PART 2: THE POWER OF DATA

In part two of The Weather Factor episode, Matt talks to Matt Clover, an agronomy manager using predictive data to identify the right management and placement for hybrids based on environmental conditions. Interview taped prior to August 10 storms.


Demystifying Seed Treatment

Go with Matt inside the hub where Pioneer tests all its seed treatments and get clarity on the tech and why we know it works.


Moving Forward with Forages

Today’s dairy farmers are facing unprecedented challenges to sustaining their businesses. In this episode, we’ll examine a couple aspects of the Pioneer forages program that are finding new ways to positively impact a farmer’s bottom line.


What about Wheat?

Matt’s heard about advancements in corn, soybeans and sorghum. What about wheat? To find out how Pioneer is driving the future of wheat production, Matt talks to Jessie Alt, Global Wheat Lead for Corteva Agriscience; and Cristiano Lemes, wheat breeder and research scientist for Pioneer.


The Weather Factor Part 1: Trends and Technology

The weather is both frustratingly unpredictable and extremely impactful on each season’s crop. So, what can farmers do besides hope for the right mix of sunshine and rain? In part one of this episode, Matt talks to Brandon Wardyn, a Pioneer corn breeder.


The Sorghum Success Story

There’s sorghum, then there’s Pioneer® brand sorghum. But what goes into making Pioneer sorghum so successful in fields? To find out, Matt talks to two sorghum breeders, Cleve Franks and Laura Mayor, both in the heart of the Sorghum Belt.


Test and Learn

Pioneer field teams are getting their closest look yet at Pioneer® brand Enlist E3® soybeans in local plots across the U.S. To hear what makes them the local experts, Matt speaks to Pioneer Field Agronomist Clyde Tiffany and Enlist Field Specialist Steve Snyder.


Factoring In More Factors

Every seed brand chases yield. Pioneer chases yield, and everything else. Because, as soon as something goes wrong — disease, insects, too much rain, too little rain — yield suffers. Matt learns how Pioneer scientists bring this thinking to Pioneer® brand Enlist E3® soybeans.


Firing On All Cylinders

Pioneer’s revolutionary R&D process is not just for corn. It’s for soybeans, sorghum, sunflowers, alfalfa, canola, corn silage, wheat and inoculants. To explore innovations happening across the entire R&D pipeline, Matt talks to a pair of Pioneer breeders and a pair of product agronomists.


The Local Breeder Effect

Pioneer’s national footprint is made up of hundreds of local footprints. To learn how local breeders enrich Pioneer's product development process, Matt talks to three breeders and an agronomist located in diverse geographies and focused on a variety of crops.


Welcome To The Pioneer Tour Podcast

What makes Pioneer, Pioneer? It’s not just one thing. It’s many things. Many people, many places, many facts. Join Matt Brechwald, farmer and ag podcaster, as he talks to Pioneer experts helping farmers succeed in the most complex and rewarding industry on earth.