DuPont Pioneer 2016 Eastern Corn Belt Corn Product Lineup Contains Top Performers

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Hybrids stand tall in the eastern Corn Belt on recent advances in traits and genetics

DES MOINES, Iowa, Feb. 1, 2016 - Heading into 2016 planting, DuPont Pioneer continues to deliver a Pioneer® brand corn product lineup that offers eastern Corn Belt growers traits and genetics that, when combined with seed treatments and services, provide the total package for on-farm performance. Many of the products available in 2016 demonstrated impressive results in the 2015 season in the state, and all are locally tested and selected for top performance in the region.

"Across a wide range of agronomic conditions that impact the eastern Corn Belt, Pioneer® brand corn products continue to provide the best productivity and performance for growers," said Ryan French, DuPont Pioneer senior marketing manager for corn. "The bulk of our lineup for 2016 is based on our top-performing products from 2014 and 2015, which are proven winners in yield and consistency. There is still an ample supply of these products available for growers who want to add them to their 2016 plantings."

Additionally, growers who have invoiced products for the 2016 growing season can still take advantage of their valuable offers with the Pioneer discount lock program, and growers should contact their Pioneer sales representatives for additional details.

Growers can further enhance yields and get crops off to a strong start by adding Pioneer Premium Seed Treatment (PPST) offering 250 plus DuPont™ Lumivia™ insecticide seed treatment, which is exclusively available on Pioneer® brand corn products.

Lumivia™ insecticide seed treatment provides increased protection from early season insect pests. On-farm trials showed the addition of Lumivia™ insecticide seed treatment to PPST 250 increased corn yields by an average of 2.5 bushels per acre.

Eastern Corn Belt corn platform highlights

While a wide variety of genetic platforms and trait packages are offered across the region, a core group of 2016 products have demonstrated significant success. These and many other products will be widely available for planting this spring in 2016. Growers using Pioneer® brand corn products won two national and 118 state titles in the 2015 National Corn Growers Association (NCGA) yield contest in the eastern Corn Belt.

The Pioneer® brand P0506 family of products includes Optimum® AQUAmax® products that deliver yield stability across a variety of soil types in a 105 CRM. Growers who used P0506 products in 2015 saw an average yield advantage of six bushels per acre.

The Pioneer® brand P1311 family of products includes Optimum® AcreMax® XTreme products in 113 CRM that provides maximum yield potential and sound agronomics. Products within this family have a particularly strong rate of moisture loss during grain drydown and taller plant height characteristics.

Keith Turner of Success, Ark., won second place in the 2015 state NCGA Yield Contest in the No-Till/Strip-Till Irrigated category using a P1311 product.

The Pioneer® brand P1257 family of products includes Optimum® AcreMax® and Optimum® AcreMax® XTreme product trait packages in 112 CRM. P1257 products offer high yield potential and a strong agronomic package, with special strengths in stay-green and mid-season brittle stalk resistance. Growers across the Corn Belt saw an average yield advantage of eight bushels per acre in 2015.

Steve Tate of Meridianville, Alabama won second place in the 2015 NCGA Yield Contest No-Till/Strip-Till Irrigated category in Alabama using a P1257 product. David Wilson of Paris won third place in the category in Tennessee using a product from this family.

Doin Bowers of Corning won third place in the Irrigated category in the Alabama 2015 NCGA Yield Contest using a P1257 product.

The Pioneer® brand P0825 family of products provides industry-leading yield potential in 108 CRM. It offers strong drought tolerance, stress emergence and stalk performance characteristics, and is available with Pioneer® brand Optimum® AcreMax® XTreme product traits. The 2015 yield advantage for growers who used P0825 products was ten bushels per acre.

Jim Moyticka of Napoleon won second place in the No-Till/Strip-Till Irrigated category of the 2015 NCGA Yield Contest in Ohio using a P0825 product.

The Pioneer® brand P1197 family of products is a yield leader across most of the Corn Belt, providing growers with industry-leading yields and dependable agronomics under most growing conditions. It is a high-performance family adapted both north and south of its 111 maturity rating, and available in a variety of trait packages to meet the insect protection needs of growers. World record-setter David Hula of Charles City, Va., used a P1197 product to achieve 532.0271 bushels per acre in the 2015 No-Till/Strip-Till Irrigated category of the 2015 NCGA Yield contest.

Jeff Tate of Meridian, Ala., placed third in the Non-Irrigated category in the 2015 NCGA Yield Contest in Alabama using a P1197 product. Whitney Snow of Smyrna, Del., won first place in Delaware in the Non-Irrigated category using the platform as well. All three winners in Pennsylvania in the Non-Irrigated category used a P1197 product: Eric Charles of Lancaster won first place, Glen Krall of Lebanon won second place and Richard Kreider of Lebanon won third place.

In the Non-Irrigated category, Christopher Wyatt of Harrington won second place in the Delaware NCGA Yield Contest, and second place in the No-Till/Strip Till Irrigated category using a P1197 product. Byron DuBois of Pittsgrove won second place in the New Jersey state contest in that category, and Herman Womelsdorf won first place in the Pennsylvania contest in the Non-Irrigated category, both using a P1197 product.

Mike Funderburgh of North Lewisburg won first place in Ohio in the 2015 NCGA No-Till/Strip-Till Irrigated category using a product from the P1197 family, and also won first place using the product in the Irrigated category in Ohio. Clifford Charles of Lancaster and Rhonda Mast of Morgantown won first and third place, respectively, in the Pennsylvania contest in that category using a P1197 product. Lynn Widmyer of Charles Town won second place in the category in West Virginia using a product from the platform.

Dan Dulin of Queen Anne won second place in the Maryland Irrigated category of the 2015 NCGA Yield Contest using a P1197 product. Garrett Woolf of Monroe Township won third place in the New Jersey Irrigated category using one of the products. Ernest Mass of Morgantown won third place in Pennsylvania in the category using a P1197 product, and JR Heatwole of Hanover won first place in the Virginia Irrigated contest using this popular platform.

Pioneer develops its corn hybrid line through rigorous testing and on-farm trials. Growers who select Pioneer® brand corn products will find solutions that help them address their unique challenges, local conditions and individual goals.

Pioneer continues to invest in products that will help growers gain more yield advantage, including Pioneer® brand Qrome™ products. Qrome products will offer pyramided insect protection and strong agronomics across a wide range of corn hybrid platforms to deliver improved yields for growers. Qrome™ products demonstrated strong performance in IMPACT™ research trials in 2015; testing will continue in 2016.

"We continue to invest in our corn breeding programs to help growers improve their productivity," said French. "Our product line-up is backed by a team of global and local experts who are with growers from the word go, providing best-in-class services and agronomic advice that will help them maximize yields and improve farm profitability."

For more information about these and other Pioneer brand corn products available in your area, contact your local Pioneer sales professional, or visit www.pioneer.com/corn.

DuPont Pioneer 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. Science with Service Delivering Success®.

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