The Globe and Mail

Go to the Globe and Mail homepage

Jump to main navigationJump to main content

Globe Investor

News Sources

Take control of your investments with the latest investing news and analysis

Press release from PR Newswire

DuPont Announces U.S. Approval of New Optimum® AcreMax® and Optimum® AcreMax® Xtra Insect Protection

Monday, August 29, 2011

DuPont Announces U.S. Approval of New Optimum® AcreMax® and Optimum® AcreMax® Xtra Insect Protection11:00 EDT Monday, August 29, 2011Single-Bag Products Offer Insect Control Choices and Provide Simplified Refuge Compliance for Corn GrowersDES MOINES, Iowa, Aug. 29, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- DuPont received two U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) registrations for products that will help maximize corn yields, simplify regulatory compliance for growers and help preserve in-plant insect protection technology.DuPont business Pioneer Hi-Bred has approval from the U.S. EPA for Optimum® AcreMax® and Optimum® AcreMax® Xtra insect protection products in corn.  Optimum® AcreMax® marks the industry's first U.S. approval of a single-bag integrated refuge product that targets only above-ground insects.  Both Optimum® AcreMax® and Optimum® AcreMax® Xtra products integrate all of a Corn Belt grower's refuge needs into a single bag.  "We are excited to offer corn growers the broadest line-up of simplified, integrated refuge products in the industry," said Paul E. Schickler, president of Pioneer.  "Optimum® AcreMax® and Optimum® AcreMax® Xtra products from Pioneer will not only help growers maximize corn yields but preserve valuable in-plant insect protection for the future."Optimum® AcreMax® products integrate 95 percent of a trusted, high-yielding Pioneer® brand hybrid containing Herculex® I insect protection combined with YieldGard® Corn Borer insect protection and 5 percent of a similar non-Bt herbicide tolerant hybrid to serve as the integrated corn borer refuge.  Optimum® AcreMax® Xtra products integrate 90 percent of a trusted, high-yielding Pioneer brand hybrid containing Herculex® XTRA insect protection combined with YieldGard® Corn Borer insect protection and 10 percent of a similar non-Bt herbicide tolerant hybrid to serve as the integrated corn borer and corn rootworm refuge.  Optimum® AcreMax® and Optimum® AcreMax® Xtra products offer built-in refuge compliance in the Corn Belt.Pioneer will conduct a commercial launch of Optimum® AcreMax® and Optimum® AcreMax® Xtra products across multiple hybrid platforms for the 2012 selling season. "Our business approach is to work closely with growers to understand their individual needs and help maximize productivity by placing the right product on each acre," said Schickler.  "Optimum® AcreMax® and Optimum® AcreMax® Xtra products further expand our offerings of new insect protection control solutions to benefit U.S. corn growers and deliver on that commitment." Pioneer's complete line of simplified refuge products consists of:Optimum® AcreMax® 1 insect protection ? the industry's first integrated corn rootworm refuge solution.Optimum® AcreMax® RW rootworm protection ? the industry's first integrated single-bag refuge solution for corn rootworm.Optimum® AcreMax® insect protection ? the industry's first U.S. approval of a single-bag integrated refuge product targeting only above-ground insects.Optimum® AcreMax® Xtra insect protection ? single-bag integrated refuge product targeting above and below-ground insects.Pioneer Hi-Bred International (www.pioneer.com), headquartered in Des Moines, Iowa, 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?.DuPont (NYSE: DD) has been bringing world-class science and engineering to the global marketplace in the form of innovative products, materials, and services since 1802.  The company believes that by collaborating with customers, governments, NGOs, and thought leaders we can help find solutions to such global challenges as providing enough healthy food for people everywhere, decreasing dependence on fossil fuels, and protecting life and the environment.  For additional information about DuPont and its commitment to inclusive innovation, please visit www.dupont.com.The DuPont Oval Logo, DuPont?, The miracles of science?, Pioneer®, Optimum® and AcreMax® are registered trademarks or trademarks of DuPont or its affiliates.Herculex® insect protection technology by Dow AgroSciences and Pioneer Hi-Bred.  Herculex® is a registered trademark of Dow AgroSciences LLC.YieldGard® is a registered trademark used under license from Monsanto Company.SOURCE DuPontFor further information: Lisa Dry, 1-800-265-9435, ext. 7437, +1-515-306-5003 - Cell, lisa.dry@pioneer.com