PowerPollen Expands In-Field Technology To Grain Production

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PowerPollen today announced the first in-season pollination solution available for corn production, In-Season Control, described in a recent publication in Crop Science. To view Publication, Click Here

An elite commercial hybrid kernel cross-pollinated for high oil using PowerPollen’s on-demand technology results in a larger embryo and thus more oil (left) compared to a kernel of the same variety using self-pollination (right).

“Bringing our pollination technology to farmers has always been the goal because of the massive implications for generating value and overall sustainability. We have now validated a technology for growers to enhance their crop outcomes right up until pollination, thereby reducing risks and maximizing value per acre,” said Dr. Todd Krone, founder and CEO of PowerPollen.

Built upon the same pollination technology platform licensed by Corteva and Bayer to improve seed production, this technology is expected to be commercially available for grain producers by 2026.

Grain farmers traditionally purchase hybrid seed and crop inputs well in advance of the next growing season. Once the seed are planted and inputs deployed, the yield potential for the season is set. The return on a grower’s investment is determined largely by the previous year’s decisions, the weather, and the current year market prices leaving little control of ROI in the hands of the farmer. In-Season Control changes that.

Growers Manage Genetics During Pollination to Increase Value per Acre

PowerPollen’s patented technology provides Growers the unique advantage of controlling pollination and seed set using desired genetics delivered in the pollen. The resulting cross-pollination maximizes grain yield, trait composition and provides an unprecedented level of in-season control of their crop’s productivity and value while also mitigating environmental risks caused by a changing climate.

“There are many ways to improve productivity, but none puts more optionality in growers’ hands than enabling control of pollination,” Krone said. “For the first time, farmers can select output traits that are needed to meet current market demand while in season – rather than relying on decisions locked in during the previous winter.”

In 2021, PowerPollen’s In-Season Control on-farm trials using high-oil pollen resulted in up to $200 per acre of additional value by enabling:

an average 60% increase in oil over normal-oil hybrids with no reduction in yield

an average 8% yield increase; and

an average of 14% more kernels per ear

Jeff Taylor, a farmer and chairman of Lincolnway Energy, said “The notable increase in oil and number of kernels show PowerPollen’s ability to deliver unique traits through pollination, thereby turning a standard hybrid into Jasoa top oil-yielding hybrid without hindrance to overall yield. PowerPollen’s ability to increase oil production by 1.0 pound per bushel is a significant step-change in the value of ethanol production to our growers, and I am excited to become more involved with commercial testing of this technology.”

Other valuable traits can be delivered the same way, and pre-selected for market potential. PowerPollen and John Deere recently co-authored an article in Crop Science (link here) describing how timely

In-Season Control pollinations can increase grain yields and market value.