Pioneer continues its drive to deliver farmer-focused corn and soybean innovations with its new product lineup for 2023. The new products from Corteva Agriscience’s global germplasm library combine outstanding agronomic characteristics and high yield potential, and build on the leading product performance that farmers saw in 2022.
To help customers succeed, continued R&D investments in product development techniques are allowing plant breeders to identify promising new products and varieties more quickly.
“We put farmer needs at the forefront of our decisions to bring new products to market,” said Judd O’Connor, President, North America Business, Corteva Agriscience. “Plant breeders create, evaluate, and select new hybrids and varieties from our expanding germplasm library that perform in a variety of conditions and growing environments. We rigorously evaluate and select products across multiple years and in multiple geographies, advancing only the top-performing products.”
The 2023 class includes 44 new exclusive corn products and 36 new soybean varieties. Corn products that advanced include hybrids of the new Vorceed Enlist corn, Corteva’s next-generation trait to better manage corn rootworm (CRW). Among the soybean products are 20 exclusive Pioneer brand A-Series varieties with the Enlist E3 soybean trait.
Creating corn products
As the leader in innovative field-proven corn solutions, Pioneer delivers exclusive products that meet and exceed the toughest real-world standards to maximize yield potential and consistently deliver leading performance. Before coming to market, prospective new hybrids must prove effective during intense testing, including in-field challenges such as disease, pests and water-limiting growing conditions.
The 2022 harvest yield data shows a preview of the success that Pioneer will continue to build on with its new products, with a focus on key challenges – including CRW, drought tolerance and key diseases such as tar spot pressure:
Industry-leading Pioneer brand Qrome products delivered an outstanding 8.7 bu/A yield advantage versus the competition.1 By delivering strong trait efficacy and CRW protection, Qrome products outperformed competing SmartStax technology products.
Overall, the top 34 Pioneer platforms outpaced the competition with a 5.5 bu/A yield advantage over the last three years,2 showcasing our commitment to bring products that perform year after year.
Pioneer brand Optimum AQUAmax products delivered a strong performance in 2022. They averaged a 5.1 bu/A higher yield advantage then competitors over all growing environments.3
In addition, Pioneer brand corn products posted a 5.9 bu/A yield advantage in areas with high tar spot pressure and beating other seed brands across all growing conditions in 2022.4
Building exclusive soybean varieties
As America’s top-selling soybean brand for more than 20 years*, Pioneer continues to solidify its leadership position by providing consistent soybean innovation. Pioneer is expanding its offering of Pioneer brand A-series Enlist E3 soybeans for 2023. From robust exclusive germplasm, these varieties include key defensive traits to fight soybean cyst nematode (SCN), sudden death syndrome (SDS), white mold, Phytophthora and other yield-robbing diseases. Yield and agronomic traits combined with the Enlist E3 trait — which offers flexible and effective weed control with herbicide tolerance to 2,4-D choline, glyphosate and glufosinate — deliver high-performing soybean varieties.
Pioneer brand soybeans give farmers consistent performance year after year. 2022 harvest highlights include:
Pioneer brand A-series Enlist E3 soybeans produced a 3.0 bu/A yield advantage over Asgrow Xtendflex soybeans in 2022, posting wins in 71% of 2,462 comparisons.5
When compared with overall Enlist E3 soybean competitive varieties, A-Series Enlist E3 soybeans delivered a 2.3 bu/A yield advantage in extensive 2022 on-farm trials, winning 67% of these trials nationwide.6
Enlist E3 soybean varieties accounted for more than 45% of U.S. acres in 2022 as more farmers discovered the benefits of the Enlist weed control system plus A-Series soybean-exclusive genetics.
Corteva is increasing its R&D investment to maintain leadership in plant breeding technologies and capabilities, and Pioneer is building on its strength in differentiated product lineup to meet farmer demand. This enables the testing of more traits and bringing new products to the market faster.
1Qrome product performance data is based on the average of comparisons made in the United States through 11/11/22. Comparisons are against all competitors, segment matched, and within a +/- 3 CRM of the competitive brand. Competitive products are products other than those marketed and/or sold by a member of the Corteva Agriscience group of companies.
2Data is based on an average of on-farm and IMPACT trial comparisons in 2020-2022 of the top 34 genetic platforms by demand from hybrid classes advanced 2020 or later. Comparisons are against all competitors, technology segment matched, unless otherwise stated, and within a +/- 3 CRM of the competitive brand.
32022 performance data is based on an average of comparisons made in the United States through 11/09/22. Comparisons are against all competitors and within a +/- 3 CRM of the competitive brand. Competitive products are products other than those marketed and/or sold by a member of the Corteva Agriscience group of companies.
4Product performance data is based on the average of comparisons made in the United States through 11/09/22. Comparisons are against all competitors and within a +/- 3 CRM of the competitive brand. Competitive products are products other than those marketed and/or sold by a member of the Corteva Agriscience group of companies.
5Data is based on an average of 2022 on-farm and IMPACT trial comparisons made in the U.S. of top 25 demand planned A-Series Enlist E3 varieties through November 20, 2022. Comparisons are against Asgrow XtendFlex varieties and within a +/- 3 RM of the competitive brand.
6Data is based on an average of 2022 on-farm trial comparisons made in the U.S. through November 4, 2022. Comparisons are against all competitors and within a +/- 3 RM of the competitive brand.
Pioneer, the flagship seed brand of Corteva Agriscience, is the world’s leading developer and supplier of advanced plant genetics, providing high-quality seeds to farmers in more than 90 countries. Pioneer provides agronomic support and services to help increase farmer productivity and profitability and strives to develop sustainable agricultural systems for people everywhere.
About Corteva Agriscience
Corteva, Inc. (NYSE: CTVA) is a publicly traded, global pure-play agriculture company that combines industry-leading innovations, high-touch customer engagement and operational execution to profitably deliver solutions for the world’s most pressing agriculture challenges. Corteva generates advantaged market preference through its unique distribution strategy, together with its balanced and globally diverse mix of seed, crop protection, and digital products and services. With some of the most recognized brands in agriculture and a technology pipeline well positioned to drive growth, the company is committed to maximizing productivity for farmers, while working with stakeholders throughout the food system as it fulfills its promise to enrich the lives of those who produce and those who consume, ensuring progress for generations to come. More information can be found at www.corteva.com.