DuPont business Pioneer Hi-Bred launched a new generation of corn hybrids developed and tested to help deliver a yield advantage in water-limited environments, allowing growers to minimize risk and maximize productivity. These hybrids will be offered to growers under the Optimum® AQUAmaxTM brand name.
These hybrids, introduced for planting in 2011, contain a collection of native corn traits that improve water access and utilization and deliver greater yields in water-limited conditions. The initial class of Optimum AQUAmax innovations will include five hybrid platforms across a range of maturities and technology packages. While the 2011 launch size is limited and primarily targeted in the western Corn Belt, the technology advancement is an important milestone toward the longer-term objective of bringing breeding and biotechnology solutions to drought-prone environments. Optimum AQUAmax hybrids are developed through Pioneer’s proprietary Accelerated Yield Technology (AYTTM) system.
This is a suite of tools, including molecular breeding techniques, which allows research to rapidly scan and identify genes responsible for increasing yields and other beneficial traits. The AYTTM system allows Pioneer to bring products with key native genes to market faster. Within the Pioneer research network, its targeted drought program includes eight managed stress testing locations in Woodland, Calif.; Garden City, Kan.; LaSalle, Colo.; Manhattan, Kan.; Plainview, Texas; Kinston, N.C.; and Viluco, Chile. Optimum AQUAmax hybrids are being marketed under the Optimum® brand name of the Pioneer family of traits, products and accompanying programs that enable growers to be more productive with choices to meet their individual needs.