August 12, 2015


DuPont Pioneer advances next-gen corn products



DuPont Pioneer announced that it will advance its new line-up of corn offerings to steward on-farm trials in 2016 as newly branded Pioneer® Qrome™ products.


The high-yielding corn products, previously identified on the research and development pipeline as event DP 4114, will be equipped with proven insect protection and strong agronomics to deliver maximum on-farm performance.


"The new line-up of Pioneer® brand Qrome™ corn products help deliver improved yields and the strength of pyramided insect protection to a wider array of hybrid platforms," said Steve Reno, DuPont Pioneer's vice president and regional business director for the US and Canada.


"By advancing Qrome™ products from the research test phase to on-farm trials, we will be able to demonstrate to growers the value that these products will bring to every acre of their own fields."


The foundation of the Qrome™ product line is event DP 4114, a transgenic event that includes a molecular stack of proven Bt proteins from the Herculex® 1 and Herculex® RW traits, and is highly compatible with Pioneer® brand corn germplasm across a wide range of hybrid platforms.


"As part of our commitment to delivering the right product on the right acre, Pioneer deploys extensive local testing of its products before bringing them to market," said Reno. "Qrome™ products are being tested in small plot research and IMPACT™ trials in 2015 across the Corn Belt this year under a variety of conditions and environments to ensure consistent, leading performance before commercial launch."


In multi-year testing, Pioneer® brand hybrids containing Qrome™ product technology had insect efficacy on-par with hybrids containing the original Herculex® XTRA technology (Events TC1507 and DAS59122), but offered improved yield performance due to the technology's compatibility with the corn germplasm.


Qrome™ product stacks have received cultivation approval in the US and Canada as well as import approvals in several key export markets.


The on-farm trials will be managed under strict stewardship requirements.

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