Press Release •  12/18/2017

Virginia Grower Again Breaks World Record with Pioneer® P1197AM™ Brand Corn

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Pioneer® Brand Corn Products Take Home Numerous Honors in National Corn Growers Association Yield Contest

DES MOINES, Iowa, Dec. 18, 2017 - The National Corn Growers Association (NCGA) announced today that David Hula, a resident of Charles City, Virginia, set a new world corn yield record with 542 bushels per acre using Pioneer® P1197AM™ brand corn, breaking his 2015 record of 532 bushels per acre. Hula previously set record-breaking yields in 2013 with Pioneer® hybrid P2088YHR, as well.

In total, the NCGA awarded 9 national and 191 state awards to growers using Pioneer® brand products who entered the annual yield contest.

“David Hula’s record-setting yield continues a phenomenal stretch of performance from the P1197 corn product family since it was introduced in 2014,” said Judd O’Connor, DuPont Pioneer North America Region leader. “When you couple our industry-leading products with the unmatched support of the DuPont Pioneer team, there isn’t a limit to what growers can accomplish. This new NCGA world record with a Pioneer product shows that.”

The P1197 family of corn products again led the charge for Pioneer, garnering 2 national and 62 state awards in addition to setting the new world record.

Additionally, growers in the yield contest achieved great success with the P2089 family and P1870 family of products, taking home 24 and 11 state awards, respectively.

Pioneer brand products showed their depth in this year’s contest, with more 300 bushels-per-acre entrants than any other brand. Pioneer growers took home more than 46 percent of the state awards, confirming that Pioneer brand products can shine throughout the nation.

“We are proud of the way our products perform for growers,” O’Connor said. “Regardless of your management practices, Pioneer products have proven they have a solid agronomic foundation that can compete in a variety of conditions.”

The NCGA Corn Yield Contest is an annual U.S. competition among corn growers with the goal of capitalizing on the high genetic yield potential of today’s corn hybrids. It also encourages the development of sustainable, new and innovative management practices that result in higher yields. Growers compete in six corn production classes: two for non-irrigated, two for no-till/strip till non-irrigated, one for no-till/strip till irrigated and one for irrigated acres.

For a complete list of national winners, state winners, yield totals and products, visit

To learn more about the National Corn Growers Association, visit

About DuPont Pioneer 
DuPont Pioneer, a business unit of DowDuPont Agriculture Division, is the world’s leading developer and supplier of advanced plant genetics, providing high-quality seeds to farmers in more than 90 countries. Pioneer provides agronomic support and services to help increase farmer productivity and profitability and strives to develop sustainable agricultural systems for people everywhere. Science with Service Delivering Success®.

About DowDuPont Agriculture Division 
DowDuPont Agriculture, a business division of DowDuPont (NYSE: DWDP), combines the strengths of DuPont Pioneer, DuPont Crop Protection and Dow AgroSciences. Together, the Agriculture Division provides growers around the world with the most complete portfolio in the industry, developed through a robust research pipeline across germplasm, biotech traits and crop protection. DowDuPont Agriculture is committed to delivering innovation, helping growers increase productivity and ensuring food security for a growing global population. DowDuPont intends to separate the Agriculture division into an independent, publicly traded company. More information can be found at

Gregg M. Schmidt