Press Release •  12/13/2017

DuPont Pioneer Expands its Game-Changing Pioneer® Brand A-Series Soybean Lineup for 2018

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Fifty-Six New Products Provide Growers with Soybean Solutions for their Specific Acres

JOHNSTON, Iowa, Dec. 13, 2017 — DuPont Pioneer announced today that it will offer 56 new high yield potential Pioneer® brand A-Series soybean products for growers in the U.S. and Canada in 2018. 

This new class of outstanding varieties builds the overall performance advantage for the 110 Pioneer brand A-series soybeans commercialized in the past two seasons to 2.0 bu/acre. This lead was measured in more than 42,000 on-farm comparisons against competitive varieties ranging in maturity from groups 000 to 7.

“The new 2018 class builds upon the game-changing performance of the A-Series soybean lineup, which has the highest yield potential of any line we’ve ever introduced,” said Judd O’Connor, DuPont Pioneer North America Region leader. “Not only do we have the yield-leading lineup with A-Series soybeans, but also the most comprehensive soybean offering to meet grower needs for weed, pest and disease control.”

The newest class of elite Pioneer brand A-series soybeans includes multiple weed control traits in locally adapted varieties, including:

  • Nearly 40 new A-series soybeans with Roundup Ready 2 Xtend® technology. The Pioneer brand soybeans with this leading weed-control solution had an average yield advantage of 2.7 bu/acre in 2017 against competitive varieties in 11,013 comparisons.
  • Additionally, nearly half of the new Pioneer brand soybeans with Roundup Ready 2 Xtend®technology are rated good or better for white mold tolerance in the Group 3 and earlier maturities.
  • Five of the Pioneer brand soybeans with Roundup Ready 2 Xtend® technology also have sulfonylurea herbicide resistance through either the DuPont™ STS® herbicide tolerant gene or BOLT® technology, making them ideal for double-crop areas.
  • Ten new Pioneer brand soybeans with the LibertyLink® gene, bringing the total lineup of A-Series soybeans varieties with the LibertyLink gene to 14. A-Series soybean varieties with the LibertyLink gene have a 3.1 bu/acre yield advantage against older Pioneer brand soybeans with the LibertyLink gene in 546 comparisons.
  • The majority of the new varieties contain native tolerance to preplant or preemergence applications of PPO herbicides sulfentrazone* and saflufenacil* when used at normal field rates. Additionally, many are also tolerant to preplant and preemergence applications of metribuzin*.

“Our goal is to create value for soybean growers and end-users,” said Paul Stephens, Senior Research Director, North America Soybean Product Development. “Pioneer® brand A-Series soybeans are developed by the industry’s most extensive localized soybean breeding and testing network using our proprietary Accelerated Yield Technology 4.0 advanced breeding approach. This enables us to produce high yield potential products with the agronomic traits growers need, faster than ever before.”

Additional highlights of the 2018 class of Pioneer brand A-series soybeans include:

  • 51 varieties with native resistance to Soybean Cyst Nematode (SCN), including the largest lineup of Peking-resistance-sourced varieties in the industry.
  • 46 varieties with resistance to Phytophthora root rot.
  • 12 varieties with strong tolerance to Sudden Death Syndrome (SDS). Pioneer continues to invest in SDS screening to provide varieties with a high level of tolerance to this impactful disease.
  • Five varieties with excellent ratings for chloride sensitivity – a more common challenge in the South.
  • Five new Pioneer® brand Plenish®^ high oleic soybean varieties, bringing the Plenish high oleic soybean portfolio to 16 varieties adapted to climates from Minnesota to Virginia where they are contracted.

EDITOR'S NOTE: For geographically-specific product highlights, contact Gregg Schmidt at

Learn more about DuPont Pioneer products and services at or contact your local Pioneer sales professional.

*Metribuzin, rimsulfuron, and all PPO herbicides can injure soybeans when applied after emergence. Crop injury can also occur when metribuzin or PPO-treated soils are splashed onto soybean stems, cotyledons, or foliage. Always read and follow herbicide label directions.

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

Roundup Ready 2 Xtend® is a registered trademark of Monsanto Technology LLC used under license.

LibertyLink® is a trademark of Bayer.

DO NOT APPLY DICAMBA HERBICIDE IN-CROP TO SOYBEANS WITH Roundup Ready 2 Xtend®technology unless you use a dicamba herbicide product that is specifically labeled for that use in the location where you intend to make the application. IT IS A VIOLATION OF FEDERAL AND STATE LAW TO MAKE AN IN-CROP APPLICATION OF ANY DICAMBA HERBICIDE PRODUCT ON SOYBEANS WITH Roundup Ready 2 Xtend® technology, OR ANY OTHER PESTICIDE APPLICATION, UNLESS THE PRODUCT LABELING SPECIFICALLY AUTHORIZES THE USE. Contact the U.S. EPA and your state pesticide regulatory agency with any questions about the approval status of dicamba herbicide products for in-crop use with soybeans with Roundup Ready 2 Xtend® technology.

ALWAYS READ AND FOLLOW PESTICIDE LABEL DIRECTIONS. Soybeans with Roundup Ready 2 Xtend® technology contain genes that confer tolerance to glyphosate and dicamba. Glyphosate herbicides will kill crops that are not tolerant to glyphosate. Dicamba will kill crops that are not tolerant to dicamba.

EXPORT APPROVAL NOTICE: These products are authorized for planting in the United States and Canada. While many import market authorizations are in place, grain and byproducts produced from grain containing this technology may not be authorized in some markets. Growers that use this product are required and agree to adhere to the stewardship requirements as outlined in the Pioneer Product Use Guide and product-specific stewardship requirements for this product. For questions regarding product stewardship and biotech traits, please contact your sales representative or refer to Growers are required to discuss trait acceptance and grain purchasing policies with their local grain handler prior to delivering grain containing biotech traits.