Source: Pioneer Hi-Bred

DuPont on Wednesday announced launching a new generation of corn hybrids developed and tested to help deliver a yield advantage in water-limited environments. These hybrids will be offered to growers under the Optimum AQUAmax brand name through DuPont business Pioneer Hi-Bred for the western Corn Belt, mainly the states of Colorado, Kansas, Nebraska and Texas.

These hybrids, introduced for planting in 2011, contain a collection of native corn traits that improve water access and utilization and deliver greater yields in water-limited conditions. The initial class of Optimum AQUAmax innovations will include five hybrid platforms for eight hybrid numbers across a range of maturities (102 days to 114 days).

In on-farm, advancement and research trials, the Optimum AQUAmax hybrids show a 5 percent yield advantage, on average, over leading commercially available competitor and other Pioneer brand corn hybrids, according to Pioneer.

While the 2011 launch size is limited and primarily targeted in the western Corn Belt, the technology advancement is an important milestone toward the longer-term objective of bringing breeding and biotechnology solutions to drought-prone environments and further increasing yields in environments where water is not a consistent limiting factor to yield, the company noted.

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