DES MOINES -- Three new alfalfa products that meet regional needs highlight the product offerings from Pioneer Hi-Bred International Inc. for the 2007 planting season.

Pioneer(R) brand varieties 54R02, 53H92 and 54V09 offer growers specific traits and resistance packages for various growing environments and conditions.

  • 54R02 is a high-yielding, four-dormant variety with good forage quality, and it displays strong winter hardiness and an excellent disease-resistance package. 54R02 includes Roundup Ready(R) technology and can be used in most alfalfa-growing regions.

  • 53H92, a high-yielding, three-dormant variety, shows exceptional resistance to potato leafhoppers and also has good forage quality. The disease-resistance package for this variety adapts well to areas with annual potato leafhopper infestations from eastern Nebraska and South Dakota to the eastern United States and Canada.

  • 54V09, another high-yielding, four-dormant variety, demonstrates excellent nematode resistance for most western environments. It performs well in winter conditions and has an outstanding disease-resistance package.

  • "These new products are directed at specific markets," says says Gene Gengelbach. "We listened to what growers wanted in specific regions and used technology and resources to bring alfalfa products with the most-wanted traits -- winter hardiness, disease and pest resistance, and yield."

    Additionally, the alfalfa research team continues to look for new ways to use both existing and new technologies to enhance product offerings to growers across all regions.

    "We started out with 54R01 as our first variety with Roundup Ready technology in 2006 and added 54R02 in '07," Gengelbach says. "54R01 is a high-forage-quality product, and with 54R02 with Roundup Ready technology, you get higher yield potential with good pest resistance and field appearance. This helps broaden our product offerings to growers."

    The new additions to the Pioneer alfalfa product line continue to increase value to regional alfalfa growers, specifically with high performance in disease resistance and winter hardiness. These traits help ensure growers will have clean, high-yielding alfalfa stands that will remain productive for a number of years.

    "We realize that when growers plant alfalfa, they want lasting performance," Gengelbach says. "So, we want to provide products growers will be as happy with three or four years down the road as they are the first year they plant them."

    Pioneer Hi-Bred International Inc., a subsidiary of DuPont, is the world's leading source of customized solutions for farmers, livestock 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 customers in nearly 70 countries.

    SOURCE: Pioneer Hi-Bred International news release.