Pioneer Introduces New Alfalfa Varieties

Kelly Marshall

Alfalfa growers will now have access to DuPont Pioneer‘s HarvXtra technology.  The exclusive varieties offer significant lignin reduction that enables producers to grow a higher quality hay, no matter when they cut. “These varieties are part of the DuPont Pioneer commitment to improving forage quality at every stage,” said Dan Wiersma, DuPont Pioneer alfalfa business manager. “They increase the level …

Agribusiness, Dupont Pioneer

DuPont Pioneer Commits $175,000 to Education

Kelly Marshall

Teachers who are implementing Curriculum for Agricultural Science Education (CASE) are now eligible for grants, thanks to DuPont Pioneer and the National Association of Agricultural Educators (NAAE).   The promised $175,000 will assist teachers with funding for training, equipment, materials and end-of-course online assessments CASE is a multi-year approach to teaching students about agriculture through hands-on, inquiry focused learning activities. …

Ag Group, Dupont Pioneer, Education

DuPont Pioneer and CIMMYT Form Alliance

Kelly Marshall

DuPont Pioneer and the International Maize and Wheat Improvement Center (CIMMYT) will be working together to advance the CRISPR-Cas technology.  A new Master Alliance Agreement details their cooperation in finding characteristics that address the needs of smallholder famers across the globe. “Working together with CIMMYT will enable smallholder farmers to benefit from technology like CRISPR-Cas, helping them solve their challenges,” …

Agribusiness, Corn, Dupont Pioneer, wheat

DuPont Pioneer Finds Potential Insect Control Traits

Kelly Marshall

Researchers at DuPont Pioneer have discovered a protein from a non-Bacillus thuringiensis (Bt) bacterium source.  Science Magazine published findings that show this protein is a promising alternative for controlling corn root worm in North American  and Europe. “This research represents a breakthrough for addressing a major challenge in agriculture,” said Neal Gutterson, vice president, Research & Development, DuPont Pioneer. “We …

Agribusiness, Corn, Dupont Pioneer, Traits

DuPont Pioneer Boosts Encirca Services

Kelly Marshall

Not everyone is ready to jump in with both feet when it comes to a nitrogen management service. That’s why DuPont Pioneer is releasing an Encirca service for growers who’d prefer to begin by just dipping in a toe. I spoke with Encirca Services Lead, Ken O’Brien at the Farm Progress Show to learn a little bit more about the …

Agribusiness, Audio, Dupont Pioneer, Farm Progress Show, Nitrogen

Pioneer, CHS Announce Contract for High Oleic Soybeans

Kelly Marshall

Growers in southern Minnesota and northern Iowa now have the option to contract for Pioneer brand Plenish high oleic soybeans in 2017.  Soybeans will be processed at the CHS Fairmont, Minnesota plant.  The expansion of high oleic soybeans production offers greater access for growers looking for value-added markets. “CHS is focused on helping its farmer-owners grow, and this regional collaboration …

Agribusiness, Dupont Pioneer, Farm Progress Show, Soybeans

DuPont Pioneer Soil Fertility Study Shows P & K Deficiencies

Jamie Johansen

A new DuPont Pioneer study conducted across 12 Corn Belt states demonstrates that growers may be leaving profit potential in the field each season if they don’t carefully manage phosphorus (P) and potassium (K) levels. The research confirms P and K deficiencies can make a real difference in both yield potential and grain quality and that developing a fertility management …

Agribusiness, Corn, Dupont Pioneer, Nutrient Management

Pioneer Demonstrates CRISPR-Cas Potential

Kelly Marshall

DuPont Pioneer researchers  have been working with an advanced plant breeding technology known as CRISPR-Cas.  Now the Plant Biotechnology Journal has reported their success in improving a corn plant’s own ability to withstand drought stress. “Rapid population growth coupled with limited resources and climate change requires innovation to keep pace at a similarly rapid rate,” said Neal Gutterson, vice president, …

Agribusiness, biotechnology, Corn, Dupont Pioneer, Traits Relaunched

Kelly Marshall has received an update.  The new and improved website now provides tools to learn about products that help maximize yield and more access for growers to manage their accounts.  The new site works with a variety of devices, so users can access the information they need from the field or in the office. “The addition of a new, easy-to-use online …

Agribusiness, Dupont Pioneer, Website

Dow and DuPont Stockholders Approve Merger

Kelly Marshall

The Dow Chemcial Company and DuPont each held a special meeting of stockholders this week– meetings that resulted in approval to move forward with the merger.  This is a key milestone for the two companies and now plans are going ahead to purse three, highly focused, independent companies.  Finalization of the merger is expected to wrap up by the end …

Agribusiness, Company Announcement, Dow AgroSciences, Dupont Crop Protection, Dupont Pioneer