Source: DuPont



DuPont has announced plans to construct a parent seed corn production facility in Hermiston, Ore. The expansion is one of many steps DuPont business Pioneer Hi-Bred is taking to ensure it meets rising demand for Pioneer brand products and help farmers meet the strong global demand for grain.



The location will produce parent seed corn and pre-commercial hybrid seed corn. DuPont, which recently acquired 40 acres of land in Hermiston, expects initial operation to begin fall 2009 after construction of the facility is completed. The project represents a capital investment of more than $15 million.



"This location strengthens our ability to bring new products to the market faster and to help farmers increase their productivity," said Paul E. Schickler, Pioneer president and DuPont vice president and general manager.



"We anticipate high demand for hybrids with our new Optimum GAT trait, which will offer farmers additional unique weed control options. The new Hermiston facility will help ensure that demand is met," Schickler said.



Hermiston is the first facility for Pioneer in Oregon, although the business sells corn, soybean, canola, sunflower and sorghum seed in the state.



The announcement is part of an 80 percent year-over-year increase in capital expenditures by Pioneer in 2008. Additional expansion projects are under way at numerous Pioneer locations throughout North America to meet customer demand for its seed products.