Pioneer® Brand Corn and Soybean Products Continue to Set Records


Best-of-the-best Genetics Drive Top Performance

JOHNSTON, IA, Nov. 12, 2019 — Pioneer® brand corn and soybean product yields across the country continue to set records thanks to rigorous research and testing programs. Despite what may be the most challenging growing season in recent history in terms of weather, yields from Pioneer brand corn and soybeans continue trending up. 

“Pioneer continues to push the limits on yield. Despite the difficult growing season, Pioneer delivered the industry-leading performance for 2019 on-farm yield trials that farmers have come to expect from Pioneer brand products and services,” said Judd O’Connor, President, U.S. Commercial Business, Corteva Agriscience. “To ensure farmers get the best genetics possible, Pioneer draws from our unique, world-leading germplasm library. Fewer than one in 10,000 products tested pass the rigorous standards to be sold in a Pioneer bag.”

Corn Revolution Leads Charge
Starting with the world’s most comprehensive corn germplasm library and applying a unique process of predictive analytics, advanced breeding technologies, and real-world testing, Pioneer is revolutionizing corn performance. 

The Corn Revolution is translating into yield across the country. In more than 8,000 on-farm comparisons, the top 40 Pioneer brand corn products by demand delivered a 6.1 bu/A average yield advantage over the competition. This tops the record performance in 2018 and demonstrates the consistently high performance of the Pioneer lineup.1

2019 Pioneer Brand corn Bests Previous 2018 Record - chart

Pioneer® brand Qrome® products, available across a broad range of geographies in 2019, are rising above the competition with a 6.9 bu/A average yield advantage overall.2 These products are optimized for a balance of insect protection, yield potential and agronomic performance, and succeeding in a variety of conditions. When compared against competitors in corn following corn fields, Pioneer has an even more distinct advantage, boasting an 8.2 bu/A average yield advantage.3

Products across all maturities and technology packages have demonstrated superior yield advantages against competitors this year. Some of the top performers are:

  • Pioneer® P0075AM brand corn with a 10.1 bu/A advantage
  • Pioneer® P0720Q brand corn with a 10.0 bu/A advantage
  • Pioneer® P1108Q brand corn with a 9.3 bu/A advantage
  • Pioneer® P1380AM brand corn with a 9.8 bu/A advantage
  • Pioneer® P1563AM brand corn with a 9.2 bu/A advantage

“Our mix of science and technology, combined with our focus on local adaptations of hybrids, is unmatched in the industry,” said Matt Smalley, Research Director, North America Corn Breeding, Corteva Agriscience. “We’ve assembled all the pieces together in a very efficient system: molecular markers, double haploids, precision phenotyping and data analytics. Other companies may have one or two of these, but the complete system is what gives Pioneer brand products the consistency and performance that farmers know and trust.”

Pioneer® Brand A-Series Soybeans Excel Again
Pioneer® brand A-Series soybeans continue to give farmers industry-leading yield performance, boasting a 2.4 bu/A average yield advantage against the competition in nearly 4,500 on-farm comparisons, winning 69% of the time.4 A-Series soybeans continue to reach the 100 bu/A threshold, with 93 farmers exceeding the mark in 2018 and 2019.

Five A-Series varieties with Roundup Ready 2 Xtend® technology that are top volume products for 2020 have outperformed competitive varieties in local, on-farm trials.5

  • Pioneer® variety P28A42X with a 2.8 bu/A advantage
  • Pioneer® variety P31A22X with a 3.1 bu/A advantage
  • Pioneer® variety P33A53X with a 2.8 bu/A advantage
  • Pioneer® variety P42A96X with a 4.4 bu/A advantage
  • Pioneer® variety P48A60X with an 8.1 bu/A advantage

The future appears to be even brighter. The newest class of A-Series soybeans, introduced earlier this year, are delivering a 3.1 bu/A average yield advantage in more than 1,300 on-farm comparisons, winning 74% of the time6 — a 1.0 bu/A increase compared to the prior year’s class of A-Series soybeans.

2019 on-farm Pioneer brand A-series soybeans performance - chart

Pioneer’s herbicide-tolerant trait platforms continue to deliver top performance while giving growers the weed control options they want:

  • A-Series soybeans with Roundup Ready 2 Xtend® technology boasted a 2.3 bu/A average yield advantage vs. competitive varieties with Roundup Ready 2 Xtend® technology, winning nearly 70% of on-farm trials.5
  • With a 3.8 bu/A average yield advantage, Pioneer® brand soybeans with the LibertyLink® gene beat competitive varieties with the LibertyLink® gene 78% of the time in more than 230 on-farm comparisons.8
  • With the most advanced weed control trait technology for soybeans, Pioneer® brand Enlist E3™ soybeans provide excellent broadleaf weed control and ease of use for farmers and applicators. Limited quantities in 2019 demonstrated good performance and a new standard in weed control. Pioneer has expanded availability of Enlist E3 soybeans for the 2020 season in a wide range of maturities.

“The investments we’ve made in research are driving the performance that our customers experience with A-Series soybeans. We’re using predictive tools, precision phenotyping and data analytics to more effectively select elite products,” said Jeff Thompson, Research Director, North America Soybean, Corteva Agriscience. “Today we have 30% more R&D centers conducting soybean research trials. Our soybean product pipeline is tested at more than 600 locations across multiple years. These investments help ensure consistent outstanding product performance for our customers, year after year.”

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. Science with Service Delivering Success®. 

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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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