Pioneer plans to add 44 new soybean products to its 2020 lineup, ranging from 0.4 to 6.8 maturities.
Included in the releases are:
• 13 new Pioneer brand A-Series soybean varieties with Roundup Ready 2 Xtend technology that give farmers exceptional yield potential protected by tolerance to glyphosate and dicamba herbicides. A-Series soybeans are the highest-yielding varieties from Pioneer.
• Five new Pioneer brand A-Series soybean varieties with the LibertyLink gene, an alternative for effective post-emergence weed control.
• 24 new Pioneer brand Enlist E3 soybean varieties that provide tolerance to glyphosate, glufosinate, and the new 2,4-D choline in Enlist Duo and Enlist One herbicides. The options will help growers control glyphosate-resistant and other tough-to-control weeds and broadleaf grasses.
• Two new conventional soybean varieties to give growers additional choices for their operations.
More than 40 of the new soybean varieties have native resistance to soybean cyst nematode, one of the most destructive soybean pests that costs U.S. soybean farmers more than $1 billion in lost revenue annually, according to University of Nebraska research.
Of those, four varieties have Peking resistance, bringing Pioneer’s total number of soybean varieties with Peking resistance to 28. Of the 28 varieties with Peking resistance, 23 are A-Series soybeans.
Pioneer remains a leader in developing varieties with the Peking source of resistance – it offers protection against multiple SCN races and is an alternative to the PI 88788 source of SCN resistance, which is losing effectiveness in controlling SCN in some fields.
“We’re excited about the newest addition of soybean varieties to the already-impressive lineup,” Jeff Thompson, research director, North America Soybean, Corteva Agriscience, said in a news release. “We pride ourselves in giving farmers a variety of herbicide tolerant trait options so they can choose the products that best fit their acres while having confidence they are protecting the outstanding yield potential with strong agronomics.”