Source: DuPont

DuPont told Wall Street analysts visiting its plant genetics business and research campus that its new patented Seed Production Technology will reduce the cost of the mechanical and labor-intensive process for creating its high-yielding hybrid seed corn by more than 20 percent in the field, while increasing product quality at the same time.

The proprietary system, which eliminates the need for hand and mechanical means of controlling pollen flow between the two parent lines, is in wide-scale testing this year. DuPont business Pioneer Hi-Bred will pilot Seed Production Technology in production seed fields in North America in 2010 and intends to have the first seed produced with the system available to farmers in 2011.

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