August 12, 2015
DuPont's Integrated Seed Science Center opens in Iowa, US
DuPont has officially opened its Integrated Seed Science Center in Johnston, Iowa, US.
The center is the second facility in the DuPont Integrated Seed Science Network that is dedicated to developing and testing seed treatment formulations, applications and seed handling techniques. The Johnston site has a staff of experts and equipment that help to deliver the right seed treatments for growers' fields and optimise genetic performance of seeds.
"The Johnston Integrated Seed Science Center ultimately helps to make our seed treatment products perform better for growers," said Jeff Daniels, the technical agronomy and application lead of the DuPont Seed Treatment Enterprise.
"The facility gives us on-the-ground capabilities to match treatments with genetics for the best integrated seed solution for our customers."
The center brings together a wide array of equipment, technology and training resources, including laboratories to evaluate the right combination of seed-applied products, in order to protect the seed and optimise yield potential; treating and drying testing to better understand how components and processes interact which delivers a higher quality assurance and enhances product stewardship; real-world testing conditions for products and equipment; plantability evaluations that check for accuracy through planter meters and seed flow, essential for modern day planters; and a training lab to facilitate superior seed application and seed handling techniques to ensure a consistent grower experience with treated seed.
Following lab testing, seed treatment products are tested in nearby DuPont Pioneer IMPACT™ (Intensively Managed Product Advancement, Characterization and Training) plots to observe their performance with Pioneer genetics.
"We take an integrated approach to matching the right treatment to the right variety or hybrid for common agronomic conditions," said Daniels. "We believe this is the best way to help growers advance their yields."
DuPont opened its first Integrated Seed Science Center in Wilmington, Delaware in 2014. A third facility is planned for South America.
The Integrated Seed Science Network supports the DuPont Seed Treatment Enterprise, which has already introduced a number of key products, including Pioneer Premium Seed Treatment (PPST) 250 offering and DuPont™ Lumivia™ insecticide seed treatment for corn.
DuPont™ Lumivia™, introduced in spring 2015, offers a new mode of action for uniform, healthy stands and improved yield potential.