DuPont Pioneer to Open New Soybean Research Site Near Stromsburg
Work will cover irrigated and dryland soybean research, including a focus on traits to protect crop from Nebraska disease concerns...
DuPont Pioneer will more than triple its localized soybean
testing at a new research facility based in Stromsburg. The new site will
implement the business's Accelerated Yield Technology process and enhance the
next generation of Pioneer brand soybean products named the T Series that
includes 39 new products to be introduced in 2013, says Steve Schnebly, DuPont
Pioneer senior research manager.
"Our 'Right Product, Right Acre philosophy' and the AYT system,
a combination of molecular breeding techniques, information management and
localized testing, will be a strong foundation of this program and will allow us
to make better decisions to benefit farmers' operations more than ever before,"
says Schnebly. He will continue to oversee the Nebraska program. The facility
will expand the company's soybean research infrastructure that currently exists
in Dallas Center, Iowa; Lawrence, Kan.; Volga, S.D.; Algona, Iowa; and Redwood
"A site in Nebraska will increase our opportunities to have
closer interactions between researchers, seed growers and producers than we have
in the past," Schnebly adds. "It's not just about the products we sell, but also
about the information we can bring to farmers to help them maximize their
profitability on every acre.
"Plant breeding research is a time-intensive process. Multiple
years of testing at the local and regional level benefits producers," he says.
"With this additional facility, we have a good mix of irrigated and
non-irrigated acres to work with that will help us understand what works well in
both types of areas. It also will expand our work on some of the key defensive
traits in Nebraska and the region, including phytophthora resistance, sudden
death tolerance, soybean cyst nematode and iron chlorosis tolerance."
The research center will be operational spring 2013 with about
three staff positions, ultimately having around seven employees. "We are very
excited and proud to be in the great state of Nebraska and also located in the
community of Stromsburg."
For additional information
about DuPont, visit www.dupont.com.
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