DuPont to open soybean research center in Kansas

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LAWRENCE, KAS. — DuPont’s Pioneer Hi-Bred business detailed plans to open a soybean research center in Lawrence, a move the company expects to enhance soybean product development and testing efforts for customers in Kansas, southeast Nebraska and western Missouri.

"This new center continues to build upon the product performance advantage Pioneer has firmly established in North America," said Dennis Byron, vice-president of crop product development for Pioneer. "With annual yield increases more than triple the industry average, Pioneer brand soybeans developed with proprietary genetic markers continue to outpace the competition, reinforcing Pioneer as the brand leader in soybean performance."

The new center is part DuPont’s global efforts to reinvest $100 million into its seed business to strengthen and drive commercialization of new products.

The center will help develop and commercialize new varieties designed to meet needs of area customers, which includes varieties that have tolerance to drought, soybean cyst nematode, charcoal rot, stem borer, sudden death syndrome, Phytophthora root rot along with other insect and disease protection traits. All of these issues cause crop problems in the area the new center will be serving.

This will be Pioneer’s third crop-specific research center in Kansas, with a corn location in Garden City and a sorghum location in Manhattan. Pioneer is leasing an office building and land and is planning to build a permanent facility in Lawrence in the near future.

"Locating the center in Lawrence enables our soybean research teams to work more closely with area farmers to make better product advancement decisions that will benefit farmers in Kansas, southeast Nebraska and western Missouri," Mr. Byron said.

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