Des Moines, Iowa
January 15, 2002
Widely adapted hybrids with
strong defensive traits and insect resistance lead Pioneer's new
Pioneer Hi-Bred International, Inc., recently selected a number
of new Pioneer® brand hybrids that will be available for growers
to plant this spring. The lineup additions offer Pioneer's
potential along with key characteristics selected to help
protect that potential. Insect protection, drought resistance,
disease resistance, drydown and standability lead the benefits
these hybrids present.
"This class stands out because so many of these hybrids are
widely adapted," explains Bob Heimbaugh, Pioneer product
management director. "They've been well-tested in thousands of
in-field evaluations across the country and have performed in
some very diverse conditions this past year. Add the 2001
testing results to the prior three years of wide-area research
testing and these new hybrids are proven to offer good stability
across environments for our customers."
Strong new full-season hybrids
One example of Pioneer's continual improvement in hybrid
performance is evident among 113 comparative relative maturity
(CRM) zone hybrids including Pioneer hybrid 33R77 at 114 CRM.
33R77 was new in 2001 and has already established itself as a
new benchmark for yield advantage over competitors in this
maturity with very acceptable harvestability. 33R77 has a 14.4
bushel advantage in 2,856 comparisons.
"The number 33R77 was assigned to mirror the type of improved
yield performance that another benchmark Pioneer hybrid, 3377,
brought to the industry back in 1982, but 33R77 has much better
late-season standability and, of course, better harvestable
yield potential," explains Heimbaugh.
For 2002 there are several new introductions in the 113 maturity
zone including 33D31 at 115 CRM and at 32W86 114 CRM. These
hybrids have similar yield potential, but offer more stability
for late-season harvestability. Also new at 114 CRM is 32D12,
which has already surpassed the yield performance of 33R77 and
should be an ideal candidate for the 2002 NCGA yield contest.
The strong combination of yield and harvestability in this
maturity will be very obvious to growers next fall, according to
Insect-resistance added to leader hybrids
"In addition, this new class offers a strong combination of
technology conversions of leader hybrids that growers have come
to rely on, along with several totally new base genetics that
have shown outstanding performance and stability in multiple
year trials," Heimbaugh adds.
Traits for insect-resistance have been incorporated into
Pioneer's best-selling, high-yielding hybrids. The YieldGard¹
trait for corn borer protection has been added to leader hybrids
34B97, 34N43, 32H58 and 32R42, which are now available for 2002
planting. Based on the increased second brood corn borer
infestations encountered in 2001 and the increased demand for
YieldGard corn borer protection, these new conversions will
offer an extremely good value to growers.
Additional highlights of the new offering include:
- Three early maturity
silage-type hybrids for the Pacific Northwest and Western
Canada (39F45, 39G12, 39V62).
- New leaders at 77 CRM (39B01),
81 CRM (39H84) and 90 CRM (38R69). 38R69 replaces long-time
- An eastern Corn Belt leader at
97 CRM (37D25) to replace 37J99 and 38T27.
- A technology option at 102 CRM
(36N71) that offers the YieldGard gene and capitalizes on the
proven performance and standability of the base genetics of
- A yield leader at 105 CRM
(35Y65) adapted to the central and western Corn Belt with
solid agronomics and strong drought tolerance.
- Two widely adapted leaders at
109 CRM (34H31) and 110 CRM (34N43) that offer improved yield
and agronomics over 34B23.
- A waxy conversion of 33J56 at
113 CRM (33J58) to replace 33A63. It has top yield potential
and very good test weight to help meet waxy contract minimum
- Two exciting white corn
hybrids at 115 CRM (32A85) and 116 CRM (32T78) offering a next
generation leap in both yield and agronomics over Pioneer's
white corn lineup that already leads the white food corn
- A short-statured, widely
adapted new leader at 117 CRM (31N27) with strong agronomics
growers can plant with confidence.
- A widely adapted hybrid at 118
CRM (32D99) with adaptation and performance similar to
"For additional information about
the new, advanced hybrids appropriate for your area, visit your
local Pioneer sales professional," says Heimbaugh. "These
representatives will work closely with you to identify your
needs and help you select the products that offer the greatest
overall return per acre on your seed investment."
International, Inc., a subsidiary of DuPont, is the world's
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producers, and grain and oilseed processors. With headquarters
in Des Moines, Iowa, Pioneer provides access to advanced plant
genetics, crop protection solutions, and quality crop systems to
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celebrating its 200th year of scientific achievement and
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