Pioneer Hi-Bred has announced a new program that provides additional resources and expertise to deliver agronomic innovations to growers in Iowa and Missouri.
The C-Pro program, which stands for Crop Production Trials, will be Pioneer's main tool for developing and delivering locally based agronomic information to growers.
C-Pro trials will provide local on-farm agronomy trials of Pioneer brand products and technologies under a variety of management techniques. The program is designed to identify best management practices under a variety of conditions, including analysis of critical factors such as row spacing, soil type, planting rate, fungicide application and nitrogen application.
"Yield gains historically have been achieved through a combination of improved genetics and management practices," says Todd Frazier, Pioneer business director for Iowa and Missouri. "C-Pro trials will provide growers with management recommendations for their unique growing conditions."
Frazier says C-Pro builds on the IMPACT trial program Pioneer announced last fall. IMPACT trials provide local testing of multiple products at the last stage before they are advanced for sale to growers. C-Pro trials provide the next level of local agronomy testing using a variety of management techniques once products are available for planting.
Growers who participate in a C-Pro trial on their farms will have the opportunity to interact with Pioneer agronomy trial managers, research experts, sales professionals, account managers and area agronomists and participate in agronomic performance evaluations. While the majority of C-Pro trial locations have been identified for the 2011 growing season, all Pioneer customers will benefit from the information that is generated as part of these trials.
Pioneer has hired four agronomy trial managers in Iowa and Missouri to focus exclusively on the design, implementation and analysis of these plots.
C-Pro trials will be integrated with Pioneer FIT Services, which provide growers with mapping and planning tools to help manage products field-by-field to maximize returns. The tools show yield performance of specific fields and demonstrate how management decisions throughout the growing season affected the overall outcome.
In addition to C-Pro and IMPACT Pioneer recently announced plans for new research facilities and space for 400 new research positions based in Johnston, Iowa; a new corn research center in Orange City, Iowa; a new soybean production location in New Madrid, Mo., and a new sales area in Missouri.