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Company Overview of Pioneer Hi-Bred International, Inc.

Company Overview

Pioneer Hi-Bred International, Inc. develops and supplies plant genetic seeds to farmers in the United States and internationally. It offers alfalfa, canola, corn/maize, cotton, inoculants, mustard, pearl millet, rice, sorghum, soybeans, sunflowers, and wheat seeds. The company also provides agronomic support and services. It markets its products through a network of distributors and sales representatives. Pioneer Hi-Bred International, Inc. was formerly known as Hi-Bred Corn Company and changed its name to Pioneer Hi-Bred International, Inc. in 1970. The company was founded in 1926 and is based in Johnston, Iowa with a research center in Stoneville, Mississippi; and a location in Manitoba, ...

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P.O. Box 1000

Johnston, IA 50131-0184

United States

Founded in 1926

5,025 Employees





Key Executives for Pioneer Hi-Bred International, Inc.

Chief Executive Officer and Director
Age: 74
Vice President of Finance
Vice President and General Counsel
Director of Investor Relations
Age: 41
Compensation as of Fiscal Year 2013.

Pioneer Hi-Bred International, Inc. Key Developments

DuPont, University of Missouri and USDA-ARS Collaborate on Soil Mapping

DuPont Pioneer, the University of Missouri and the US Department of Agriculture-Agricultural Research Service have announced a new collaboration to pool soil mapping resources, predictive technologies and expertise to help growers sustainably improve crop yields through better nitrogen application management and other field input planning. The public-private effort aims to enhance sustainable crop production through field and crop modeling that targets the specific soil, climatic, water-shed and production conditions within producers fields with real-time information. The three-year exclusive agreement among DuPont Pioneer - the University of Missouri and USDA-ARS will bring together the respective strengths of each party in precision agriculture sensors and soil mapping, including the characterization of soil types, topography and water-sheds. Through a unique computerized process offered by DuPont that uses the latest high resolution technology, the collaboration will result in more accurate soil mapping units. Higher-resolution soil information will enable improved placement and management of crop inputs such as nitrogen fertilizer. The enhanced soil maps build on public soil survey data and will support Decision Agriculture Services provided by DuPont to help crop producers make timely decisions to more sustainably improve yields and per-acre income. Soil analysis procedures will better identify unique land areas called Environmental Response Units (ERUs). These ERUs can then be used to develop a variety of management zones. A trusted Pioneer advisor will assist growers in tailoring input and management plans to fit their goals of the best possible per-acre yield. This University of Missouri and USDA-ARS collaboration will provide vastly improved soil mapping resolution.

Arcadia Biosciences and DuPont Pioneer to Collaborate on Sorghum Technology Development

Arcadia Biosciences, Inc. and DuPont Pioneer announced their intention to collaborate to develop enabling technology to help manage pollen flow in sorghum. This technology will help facilitate the development and deployment of agronomic and quality traits in the crop. Under the agreement, Arcadia receives exclusive global rights to develop specified Pioneer technology for use in grain, forage, sweet, and biofuel sorghum types.

DuPont Pioneer to Expand Ontario Corn Seed Facility

DuPont Pioneer announced that the company is undergoing a $19 million (€14 million) expansion at its facility in Ontario in Canada to increase its effort to develop corn growing refuge products. Pioneer said the majority of the expansion is focused on building two new processing facilities. These additions will blend and treat the seeds that are placed into the company's product offerings, which allow farmers to sow fields while meeting regulations regarding planting of genetically modified corn. Currently growers must plant 20% of their corn crop with refuge seed, more commonly known as non-Bt varieties, in order to control insects from developing a resistance to the pest-fighting protein with the Bt corn. Prior to Pioneer, creating a refuge within the bag of seed system growers would plant the refuge portions separately, requiring further allocation of money and time.

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