Pioneer Delivers 80 New Corn Products and Soybean Varieties

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Corteva Agriscience Combines Elite Germplasm with Trailblazing Technologies to Meet Farmer Needs

JOHNSTON, Iowa — Pioneer continues its drive to deliver farmer-focused corn and soybean innovations with its new product lineup for 2023. The new products from Corteva Agriscience’s global germplasm library combine outstanding agronomic characteristics and high yield potential, and build on the leading product performance that farmers saw in 2022.

To help customers succeed, continued R&D investments in product development techniques are allowing plant breeders to identify promising new products and varieties more quickly.

“We put farmer needs at the forefront of our decisions to bring new products to market,” said Judd O’Connor, President, North America Business, Corteva Agriscience. “Plant breeders create, evaluate, and select new hybrids and varieties from our expanding germplasm library that perform in a variety of conditions and growing environments. We rigorously evaluate and select products across multiple years and in multiple geographies, advancing only the top-performing products.”

The 2023 class includes 44 new exclusive corn products and 36 new soybean varieties. Corn products that advanced include hybrids of the new Vorceed™ Enlist® corn, Corteva’s next-generation trait to better manage corn rootworm (CRW). Among the soybean products are 20 exclusive Pioneer® brand A-Series varieties with the Enlist E3® soybean trait.

Creating corn products

As the leader in innovative field-proven corn solutions, Pioneer delivers exclusive products that meet and exceed the toughest real-world standards to maximize yield potential and consistently deliver leading performance. Before coming to market, prospective new hybrids must prove effective during intense testing, including in-field challenges such as disease, pests and water-limiting growing conditions.

The 2022 harvest yield data shows a preview of the success that Pioneer will continue to build on with its new products, with a focus on key challenges – including CRW, drought tolerance and key diseases such as tar spot pressure:

  • Industry-leading Pioneer® brand Qrome® products delivered an outstanding 8.7 bu/A yield advantage versus the competition.1 By delivering strong trait efficacy and CRW protection, Qrome products outperformed competing SmartStax® technology products.
  • Overall, the top 34 Pioneer platforms outpaced the competition with a 5.5 bu/A yield advantage over the last three years,2 showcasing our commitment to bring products that perform year after year.
  • Pioneer brand Optimum® AQUAmax® products delivered a strong performance in 2022. They averaged a 5.1 bu/A higher yield advantage then competitors over all growing environments.3
  • In addition, Pioneer brand corn products posted a 5.9 bu/A yield advantage in areas with high tar spot pressure and beating other seed brands across all growing conditions in 2022.4

Building exclusive soybean varieties

As America’s top-selling soybean brand for more than 20 years*, Pioneer continues to solidify its leadership position by providing consistent soybean innovation. Pioneer is expanding its offering of Pioneer® brand A-series Enlist E3® soybeans for 2023. From robust exclusive germplasm, these varieties include key defensive traits to fight soybean cyst nematode (SCN), sudden death syndrome (SDS), white mold, Phytophthora and other yield-robbing diseases. Yield and agronomic traits combined with the Enlist E3 trait — which offers flexible and effective weed control with herbicide tolerance to 2,4-D choline, glyphosate and glufosinate — deliver high-performing soybean varieties. 

Pioneer brand soybeans give farmers consistent performance year after year. 2022 harvest highlights include:

  • Pioneer brand A-series Enlist E3 soybeans produced a 3.0 bu/A yield advantage over Asgrow® Xtendflex® soybeans in 2022, posting wins in 71% of 2,462 comparisons.5
  • When compared with overall Enlist E3 soybean competitive varieties, A-Series Enlist E3 soybeans delivered a 2.3 bu/A yield advantage in extensive 2022 on-farm trials, winning 67% of these trials nationwide.6
  • Enlist E3 soybean varieties accounted for more than 45% of U.S. acres in 2022 as more farmers discovered the benefits of the Enlist® weed control system plus A-Series soybean-exclusive genetics.

Corteva is increasing its R&D investment to maintain leadership in plant breeding technologies and capabilities, and Pioneer is building on its strength in differentiated product lineup to meet farmer demand. This enables the testing of more traits and bringing new products to the market faster.

1Qrome® product performance data is based on the average of comparisons made in the United States through 11/11/22. Comparisons are against all competitors, segment matched, and within a +/- 3 CRM of the competitive brand. Competitive products are products other than those marketed and/or sold by a member of the Corteva Agriscience group of companies.

2Data is based on an average of on-farm and IMPACT™ trial comparisons in 2020-2022 of the top 34 genetic platforms by demand from hybrid classes advanced 2020 or later. Comparisons are against all competitors, technology segment matched, unless otherwise stated, and within a +/- 3 CRM of the competitive brand.

32022 performance data is based on an average of comparisons made in the United States through 11/09/22. Comparisons are against all competitors and within a +/- 3 CRM of the competitive brand. Competitive products are products other than those marketed and/or sold by a member of the Corteva Agriscience group of companies.

4Product performance data is based on the average of comparisons made in the United States through 11/09/22. Comparisons are against all competitors and within a +/- 3 CRM of the competitive brand. Competitive products are products other than those marketed and/or sold by a member of the Corteva Agriscience group of companies.

5Data is based on an average of 2022 on-farm and IMPACT™ trial comparisons made in the U.S. of top 25 demand planned A-Series Enlist E3 varieties through November 20, 2022. Comparisons are against Asgrow® XtendFlex® varieties and within a +/- 3 RM of the competitive brand.

6Data is based on an average of 2022 on-farm trial comparisons made in the U.S. through November 4, 2022. Comparisons are against all competitors and within a +/- 3 RM of the competitive brand.

Product performance is variable and subject to any number of environmental, disease and pest pressures. Individual results may vary and from year to year and prior performance is not a guarantee of future performance. Multi-year and multi-location data are a better predictor of future performance. DO NOT USE THIS OR ANY OTHER DATA FROM A LIMITED NUMBER OF TRIALS AS A SIGNIFICANT FACTOR IN PRODUCT SELECTION. Refer to www.pioneer.com or contact a Pioneer sales representative or authorized dealer for the latest and complete listing of traits and scores for each Pioneer® brand product. Pioneer® brand products are provided subject to the terms and conditions of purchase which are part of the labeling and purchase documents. Product label instructions must be followed at all times. No offer for sale, sale or use of these products are permitted prior to issuance of the required country, region or state registrations.

* Based on U.S. market research.

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, Inc. (NYSE: CTVA) is a publicly traded, global pure-play agriculture company that combines industry-leading innovations, high-touch customer engagement and operational execution to profitably deliver solutions for the world’s most pressing agriculture challenges. Corteva generates advantaged market preference through its unique distribution strategy, together with its balanced and globally diverse mix of seed, crop protection, and digital products and services. With some of the most recognized brands in agriculture and a technology pipeline well positioned to drive growth, the company is committed to maximizing productivity for farmers, while 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. More information can be found at www.corteva.com.

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The transgenic soybean event in Enlist E3® soybeans is jointly developed and owned by Corteva Agriscience and M.S. Technologies L.L.C. Corteva products are launched in accordance with Corteva Agriscience launch policies and Excellence Through Stewardship Product Launch Guidance. Grain and byproducts produced from Vorceed™ Enlist® corn material cannot be marketed in jurisdictions where not authorized, including Mexico, until the applicable approval is granted. Refer to http://www.biotradestatus.com/ for updated information on regulatory status, as well as http://www.traitstewardship.com/ for additional stewardship requirements. SmartStax® multi-event technology developed by Corteva Agriscience and Monsanto. ®SmartStax and the SmartStax Logo are registered trademarks of Bayer Group. Agrisure® is a registered trademark of, and used under license from, a Syngenta Group Company. Agrisure® technology incorporated into these seeds is commercialized under a license from Syngenta Crop Protection AG. Roundup Ready® is a registered trademark used under license from Monsanto Company. Liberty®, LibertyLink® and the Water Droplet Design are trademarks of BASF. Q (Qrome®) - Contains a single-bag integrated refuge solution for above- and below-ground insects. The major component contains the Agrisure® RW trait, the Bt trait, and the Herculex® XTRA genes. In EPA-designated cotton growing counties, a 20% separate corn borer refuge must be planted with Qrome products. Qrome® products are approved for cultivation in the U.S. and Canada. They have also received approval in a number of importing countries, most recently China. For additional information about the status of regulatory authorizations, visit http://www.biotradestatus.com/. Optimum® AQUAmax® product. Product performance in water-limited environments is variable and depends on many factors, such as the severity and timing of moisture deficiency, heat stress, soil type, management practices and environmental stress, as well as disease and pest pressures. All products may exhibit reduced yield under water and heat stress. Individual results may vary. Enlist Duo® and Enlist One® herbicides are not registered for sale or use in all states or counties. Contact your state pesticide regulatory agency to determine if a product is registered for sale or use in your area. Enlist Duo® and Enlist One® are the only 2,4-D products authorized for use with Enlist crops. Consult Enlist herbicide labels for weed species controlled. Always read and follow label directions.

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