Industry News: Crops & forages

Dairyland Seed’s Sun receives alfalfa award

Paul Sun (left) was presented with the North American Alfalfa Improvement Conference (NAAIC) Honorary Membership Award by Dr. Dan Undersander, chair of the nominating committee of the NAAIC.

Dr. Paul Sun, Dairyland Seed, was awarded the North American Alfalfa Improvement Conference (NAAIC) Honorary Membership Award during the 2010 NAAIC meeting in Boise, Idaho. The award recognizes individual members who are selected for their outstanding contributions to alfalfa improvement and/or utilization.

Dr. Paul Sun has been leading a team of plant breeders in alfalfa, corn, and soybeans for nearly 30 years at Dairyland Seed.  His alfalfa team developed and released patented msSunstra Hybrid Alfalfa Technology in 2001.  Other major contributions in alfalfa are the release of patented sequential maturity alfalfa technology and playing a key role in developing perhaps the world’s largest alfalfa testing network. Dr. Sun has authored numerous patents regarding hybrid alfalfa seed production and forage production, and co-authored the chapter, “Pollination Control: Mechanical and Sterility” in the Alfalfa and Alfalfa Improvement, American Society of Agronomy Monograph # 29.

Dr. Sun has also recently developed corn inbreds for Dairyland and earlier in his career developed soybeans as well.

During his tenure, Dr. Sun has served as President of IDEALS, a U.S./Chinese Association of agricultural scientists; served as an ambassador with the United Nations on mission trips to China to explore their need for corn development programs; and served as a member of the Alfalfa Variety Review Board.

Dr. Sun served on Dairyland’s board of directors prior to its 2008 sale to Dow AgroSciences.

Vermeer names forage solutions marketing manager

Jessica Reis joined Vermeer Corporation as forage solutions marketing manager.

Jessica Reis joined Vermeer Corporation as forage solutions marketing manager, where she will be responsible for developing, coordinating and executing marketing communication initiatives for Vermeer’s Forage Solutions group.

Reis previously served as marketing communications specialist at Ag Leader Technology. Prior to that, she managed sales in the Iowa territory for Decision Commodities, LLC and served as sales representative for Sunny Fresh Foods (currently Cargill Kitchen Solutions).

Reis is a 2004 graduate of Iowa State University with a degree in agricultural communications. She and her husband Brandon currently reside in Ames, Iowa.

Vermeer Corporation manufactures a complete line of hay tools including round balers, mowers, mower/conditioners, rakes, tedders, bale processors and silage wrappers plus biomass harvesting equipment used for renewable energy and reclamation; and a wide assortment of industrial products for tree, construction, environmental and underground

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Pioneer Hi-Bred realigns websites

Pioneer Hi-Bred launched its newly redesigned website – – which will quickly link growers to local, relevant and timely crop production-focused information.
The most significant change is the convergence of two Pioneer websites: and the Pioneer GrowingPoint® website. “Growers now will be able to access the information that was on the GrowingPoint website without having to sign in. Personal data, such as account access, online payments and online recordkeeping remains secure and still requires the user to sign in. features a new navigation menu that efficiently organizes information. A rollover feature displays a list of all the topics for each section, making it quicker and easier to locate content with fewer clicks. Besides quicker access to local information, the site features expanded content for livestock feed and nutrition, a best-in-class agronomy library, an upgraded product performance section and more robust weather, marketing information and news.
Growers can create an account on to receive Walking Your Fields® newsletter online. This exclusive agronomy newsletter written by local Pioneer experts arrives via e-mail several days ahead of the postal delivery.
The expanded livestock feed and nutrition section features videos from Pioneer experts and a new library that lets visitors quickly search for information written by Pioneer livestock experts, ranging from management issues to feeding tips.

Pioneer Hi-Bred introduces 2011 soybean varieties

Pioneer Hi-Bred, a DuPont business, is adding 29 new soybean varieties to its 2011 lineup.

The new Pioneer® brand soybean varieties, which range from Group 00 through mid-Group V, include 20 varieties with soybean cyst nematode resistance (three of which offer the Peking source of resistance), four non-glyphosate resistant varieties and one new low linolenic product.
Key products in this year’s lineup include the following:

  • • 900Y71 – This is a new leader product well-suited for the northern Red River Valley of Minnesota and North Dakota, and into Manitoba, Canada. It provides Rps1c Phytophthora resistance along with outstanding iron deficiency chlorosis and solid white mold protection.
  • • 90Y70 – This is a high-performance product for Minnesota, North Dakota and South Dakota, where solid Phytophthora resistance and iron deficiency chlorosis are necessary.
  • • 91Y92 – This product is broadly adapted for Minnesota, South Dakota and northern Iowa, providing a solid defensive package, including resistance against soybean cyst nematode, Phytophthora root rot, brown stem rot, white mold and sudden death syndrome.
  • • 92Y53 – A new leader in mid-Group II, this product offers solid agronomics, an outstanding defensive package, plus Rps1k Phytophthora with the Peking source of resistance to help growers maximize yield potential. Tough soils that have top-end yield potential are well-suited for this product.
  • • 93Y05 – This is a new early Group III leader for growers from Iowa through Ohio, and even into Ontario. It offers the ability to handle those high-yield environments while providing soybean cyst nematode and Rps1k Phytophthora resistance, along with a solid sudden death syndrome and white mold defensive package to handle the challenging growing environments growers can experience.
  • • 93Y82 – This product provides growers another leader choice for their late Group III acres, combining great yield potential and the agronomics and defensive package growers have come to expect from Pioneer.

For more information on any of these products or to learn about varieties best suited for your area, contact your local Pioneer sales professional or visit