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DuPont Congratulates Cullers on Breaking World Record Soybean Yield Pioneer® Brand Soybean Variety


New record set with Pioneer® brand 94M80, yielding 154 bushels per acre

DuPont and its Pioneer Hi-Bred business congratulate Kip Cullers of Purdy, Mo., for setting a new world record in soybean production at 154 bushels per acre, 15 bushels higher than the record Cullers set in 2006. Cullers achieved this with Pioneer® brand soybean variety 94M80 in his winning entry for the Missouri Soybean Association yield contest.

“We applaud Mr. Cullers on demonstrating the yield potential in today’s elite soybean varieties,” said Paul Schickler, DuPont vice president and general manager and president of Pioneer Hi-Bred. "Combining effective management practices with the latest soybean genetics is key to ensuring we are able to meet the growing demand for soybeans as food and fuel. Cullers’ achievement provides an opportunity to see how genetics and crop management play a role in higher yields and to share information that may help other growers increase their productivity.

Boosting Soybean Yields
“Cullers’ achievement further demonstrates the advances Pioneer has made in developing and producing soybeans with higher yield potential,” said Schickler. “Surpassing the 100-bushel-per-acre mark has become a more common occurrence as new technologies allow researchers to develop products with a complete package of offensive and defensive characteristics.”

DuPont recently announced the commercialization of soybean varieties using a technology that increases yields by as much as 12 percent per acre. This technology - called Accelerated Yield Technology™ (AYT) - uses proprietary molecular breeding techniques to rapidly scan and identify genes that increase yield and then incorporates them into elite soybean genetics.

For more than a decade, Pioneer has been using its proprietary marker-assisted selection (MAS) technology to identify genes for disease- and pest-resistant traits to bring new products to market faster for growers.

“Full implementation of AYT, combined with molecular breeding technologies such as MAS, will enable us to make a new class of soybeans that has unprecedented yield potential for growers like Kip and others planting Pioneer soybeans,” said Schickler.

94M80 is a late Group IV soybean variety with excellent harvest standability and tolerance to soybean sudden death syndrome (SDS). The variety also is resistant to soybean cyst nematode (SCN) and contains the Roundup Ready® gene. The SCN resistance was developed using Pioneer’s proprietary marker-assisted selection technology to more efficiently identify and develop such traits.


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