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Growers Planting Pioneer® Brand Sorghum Hybrids Top National Categories in NSP Yield Contest


DES MOINES, Iowa, – Growers planting Pioneer® brand sorghum hybrids recently won 13 of the 15 national categories in the 2010 National Sorghum Producers (NSP) Yield and Management Contest. Eleven of these growers won with Pioneer sorghum hybrid 84G62.

Farmers growing Pioneer sorghum hybrids finished first place in four of the five national contest segments. First-, second- and third-place national honors were awarded in each of the segments.

In addition to national placings, growers planting Pioneer sorghum hybrids captured more than 80 percent of all state category placements.

John Scates from White County, Illinois won the 2010 Irrigated Bin Buster Award with Pioneer sorghum hybrid 84G62 at 101.9 bu/ac.

NSP contest winners are awarded based on their ability to exceed established USDA yield averages for the county where the contest field is grown; the “bin-buster” awards are given to the actual highest yield gained in irrigated and non-irrigated categories.

The NSP Yield and Management Contest is an annual competition among sorghum producers with the goal of producing the highest yields. Growers compete within a broad range of sorghum production classes, including conventional-till irrigated, conventional-till non-irrigated, mulch-till non-irrigated, no-till non-irrigated and reduced-till irrigated.

“Once again, growers planting Pioneer sorghum hybrids have dominated the NSP yield contest this year” says Rowdy Smith, Pioneer senior marketing manager, Lincoln, Neb. “The attentive management practices of these growers, along with strong performing products, led to their success. Having the majority of the top-yielding hybrids in this contest shows the advantages Pioneer products bring to the financial bottom line of sorghum producers.”

State and national winners will be recognized at the NSP Yield and Management Contest Awards Dinner on Friday, March 4, during the 2011 Commodity Classic in Tampa, Fla.

Details about individual winners can be found on the Pioneer Web site at For more information about the broad range of top-producing Pioneer products, growers should contact their local Pioneer sales professional.

Pioneer Hi-Bred, a DuPont business, is the world’s leading source of customized solutions for farmers, livestock producers and grain and oilseed processors. With headquarters in Des Moines, Iowa, Pioneer provides access to advanced plant genetics in nearly 70 countries.

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