Press Release •  12/19/2019

Pioneer® Brand Sorghum Hybrids Prevail in National Sorghum Producers Yield Contest

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Some Growers Faced Tough Growing Season but Pioneer Sorghum Proved Tougher

JOHNSTON, Iowa, Dec. 19, 2019 - Pioneer® brand sorghum hybrids continued their commanding performance in the National Sorghum Producers (NSP) Yield Contest. Farmers who grew Pioneer brand sorghum represented 88% of all national first-, second- and third-place winners and earned 6 of 9 first-place national honors in the 2019 contest.

In addition, farmers planting Pioneer brand sorghum won 90 of 101 state titles, accounting for 89% of state category winners. More than 75% of the NSP Yield Contest national winners have grown Pioneer brand sorghum hybrids the past three years.

“We’re proud of how well Pioneer brand sorghum performed this year and even more proud of our customers who are NSP Yield Contest winners. They are a showcase to how Pioneer’s elite genetics can result in outstanding yields, even in challenging conditions,” said LeAnn Larson, Pioneer Sorghum Marketing Manager. “Our industry-leading germplasm, coupled with native traits including very good tolerance to sugarcane aphid, gives farmers confidence they, too, can maximize yield potential on their sorghum acres.”

First-, second- and third-place awards are presented in each of nine divisions in the NSP Yield Contest: dryland-no till east, dryland-no till west, dryland-tillage east, dryland-tillage west, food grade, irrigated-no till east, irrigated-no till west, irrigated-tillage east and irrigated-tillage west. A complete list of winners is at

More information about top-yielding Pioneer brand sorghum hybrids is available from your local Pioneer sales representative.

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.

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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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