DES MOINES -- Pioneer Hi-Bred International Inc. is adding 20 new soybean varieties to its lineup for 2007. These new Pioneer(R) brand soybean varieties offer growers protection against yield-robbing pests such as soybean cyst nematode, Phytophthora root rot, sudden death syndrome and brown stem rot.

"We continue to raise the bar on all of the agronomic traits," says Don Schafer, Pioneer senior product line manager - soybeans. "A significant number of the new Pioneer varieties offer both Phytophthora and SCN resistance."

The new varieties offer yield plus agronomic stability and pest resistance in one package.

Nineteen of the new Pioneer soybean varieties contain the Roundup Ready(R) gene and offer impressive performance and yield protection, Pioneer said.

  • New Pioneer variety 91M61 offers a combination of SCN resistance and Rps1k and Rps 6 Phytophthora resistance. In addition, this product is highly suitable for soils prone to iron chlorosis. This variety also has been found to be high-yielding in fields without SCN.

  • Early-Group II variety 92M02 offers Rps1k Phytophthora resistance, high yield and harvest standability. This variety is broadly adapted and gives additional strength to the Pioneer offering in this maturity group.

  • Another variety offering a strong agronomic package is 92M33. This variety features SCN resistance and has yielded well in fields with or without SCN. This variety should not be used on soils where iron chlorosis is an issue.

  • New Pioneer variety 92M75 is unique from most other SCN-resistant varieties in that it uses Peking as the source of SCN resistance. It controls SCN races 1, 3 and 5.

    "More Midwest growers now have access to Peking as well the PI 88788 source - which has been the predominate source of resistance in most Midwest varieties," notes Schafer. "Pioneer is the only company offering elite high-yielding varieties with Peking resistance. 92M75 provides soybean growers with another tool in their battle against SCN. Plant it in fields where varieties with PI 88788 as the SCN source have begun to provide less-than-adequate SCN protection."

  • A combination of SCN and Rps1k Phytophthora resistance is available in variety 93M13.

    "93M13 is a nice companion product to 93M11 in western Iowa and Nebraska," says Schafer. "It offers strong agronomics and can stand up to the hilly terrain and drought conditions found in those areas."

  • A variety offering excellent BSR resistance is 93M82. This late-Group III variety features Rps1k Phytophthora resistance and SCN resistance. This product will stand out against others in this maturity group because of its great performance potential in drought soils and tough conditions, Pioneer said.

  • Featuring very good resistance to BSR and SDS, along with Rps1k Phytophthora and SCN resistance, is Pioneer variety 93M95. This variety is broadly adapted across the late-Group III maturity. This variety displays taller-than-average plant height and good standability.

  • Variety 97M50 is an excellent fit for the needs of growers in the Southeast. With SCN resistance, 97M50 offers great agronomics and high yield potential, Pioneer said.

  • 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, Pioneer provides access to advanced plant genetics, crop protection solutions and quality crop systems to customers in nearly 70 countries. DuPont is a science-based products and services company.

    SOURCE: Pioneer Hi-Bred International news release.