News last update:7 Aug 2012

DuPont launches high yielding soybeans

DuPont said it is commercializing soybean varieties developed using a technology that increases yields by as much as 12%. Its seed business Pioneer Hi-Bred is introducing five varieties with the technology for 2008 planting, pending wide-area product advancement trial results.

This announcement launches one of the company's three soybean yield traits from its pipeline to commercial status. It will be commercially known as Accelerated Yield Technology™ (AYT).

AYT uses proprietary molecular breeding techniques to rapidly scan and identify genes that increase yield and then incorporate them into elite soybean genetics.

AYT is not transgenic so soybeans developed from this process are not subject to additional regulatory approvals.

"AYT allows us to take a giant step forward on our promise to deliver industry-leading improvements in soybeans.

"Our customers are seeing dramatic increases in Pioneer soybean variety yields that have never been seen in such a short period of time," said William Niebur, vice president DuPont Crop Genetics Research and Development.

The first AYT varieties are higher yielding versions of the newest Pioneer elite soybean genetics. Pending final trial results this fall, Pioneer hopes to introduce an AYT version of Pioneer brand 94M80, which set the world record soybean yield of 139 bushels per acre (7413 kg/ha) in 2006.

New unique genetics are also being developed using AYT and other molecular breeding techniques.

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