DES MOINES, Iowa, July 10 DuPont business Pioneer Hi-Bredtoday announced the launch of a new generation of soybean varieties that willdeliver unprecedented productivity gains to North American soybean growers.The introduction of the new Y Series soybeans represents the largest volume ofcommercial products launched in the 82-year history of Pioneer.
Pioneer intends to bring to market for 2009 planting enough seed to plantabout 9 million acres of the Y series soybeans in 32 new varieties. Theentire line has demonstrated a 5 percent yield advantage against keycompetitor varieties in more than 1,800 on-farm comparisons, with somevarieties yielding 6 to 10 percent better than their competitors.
"The Y Series from Pioneer represents a step-change in soybeanproductivity," said Paul Schickler, Pioneer president and DuPont vicepresident and general manager. "With the Y Series yield advantage, this newline has the potential to add about 19 million bushels of soybeans into U.S.production. In a time of tight supplies and soaring demand, that is a strongboost for producers and the industry."
The launch of the new Y Series is the result of a proprietary matrix oftraits and technologies Pioneer researchers have been developing and deployingto accelerate product development. Pioneer is employing its exclusiveAccelerated Yield Technology (AYT) and marker-assisted selection to boost theyield potential and improve the agronomic performance of these varieties.
Pioneer is the industry leader in developing marker-assisted selectionprocesses to introduce key defensive traits to protect soybean yield fromharmful pests such as soybean cyst nematode, Phytophthora root rot and brownstem rot. Recently, Pioneer announced that it has also identified new markersfor Asian soybean rust, soybean aphids and frogeye leaf spot.
"The Y Series generation of Pioneer soybean varieties represents thecombination of all of our industry-leading soybean research capabilities intoa single game-changing package," Schickler said. "It is a great example ofhow Pioneer will increase soybean yields by 40 percent in the next 10 years."
Pioneer intends to offer Y Series soybeans for the 2009 planting season inmaturities ranging from Group 0 to Group VII. These new varieties will beeasily identified with a "Y" in the Pioneer variety number, such as 93Y70.
Pioneer Hi-Bred, a DuPont business, is the world's leading source ofcustomized solutions for farmers, livestock producers and grain and oilseedprocessors. With headquarters in Des Moines, Iowa, Pioneer provides access toadvanced plant genetics in nearly 70 countries.
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