DuPont Pioneer

DuPont Pioneer
Industry Agriculture
Founded Des Moines, Iowa (1926)
Headquarters Johnston, Iowa, United States
Area served
Key people
Paul Schickler, Pioneer President, William S. Niebur, Ph. D. DuPont vice president, DuPont Pioneer North Asia
Products Hybrid and varietal seeds
Services GIS Training and Consulting, DPR for Urban Planning.
Revenue $6.3 billion USD (2012)
Number of employees
12,300 (estimate)
Parent DuPont

DuPont Pioneer, formerly Pioneer Hi-Bred is a large U.S. producer of hybrid seeds for agriculture. They are a major producer of genetically modified organisms (GMOs), including genetically modified crops with insect and herbicide resistance.


In 1926, farm journal editor and future U.S. Vice President Henry A. Wallace, along with a group of Des Moines, Iowa businessmen, founded the "Hi-Bred Corn Company". At the time, most corn farmers saved part of the seed from the harvest and used this to plant a crop the following year . Wallace had been experimenting with hybridization of corn and became convinced that hybrid seed corn would become important .



Presentation of Pioneer's "PR39F58" maize at Werktuigendagen, Belgium 2009
Presentation of Pioneer's corn seeds near Lahr in Germany

Headquarters of DuPont Pioneer are located in Johnston, Iowa, with additional offices around the world. Pioneer produces, markets and sells hybrid seed corn in nearly 70 countries worldwide . The company also markets and sells hybrids or improved varieties of sorghum, sunflower, soybean, alfalfa, canola, rice and wheat, as well as forage and grain additives. Worldwide, Pioneer sells products through a variety of organizations, including wholly owned subsidiaries( Curry Seed, NuTech Seed, Hoegemeyer Hybrids, Doeblers Seed, Seed Consultants Inc, Terral Seeds, AgVenture Inc) joint ventures, sales representatives, and independent dealers (Burrus Hybrids, Beck's Superior Hybrids).

Pioneer makes and sells hybrid seed and genetically modified seed, some of which goes on to become genetically modified food. Genes engineered into their products include the LibertyLink gene, which provides resistance to Bayer's Ignite/Liberty herbicides; the Herculex I Insect Protection gene which provides protection against various insects; the Herculex RW insect protection trait which provides protection against other insects; the YieldGard Corn Borer gene, which provides resistance to another set of insects; and the Roundup Ready Corn 2 trait that provides crop resistance against glyphosate herbicides. In 2010 Dupont Pioneer received approval to start marketing Plenish soybeans, which contains "the highest oleic acid content of any commercial soybean product, at more than 75%".[4] Plenish is genetically engineered to "block the formation of enzymes that continue the cascade downstream from oleic acid (that produces saturated fats), resulting in an accumulation of the desirable monounsaturated acid."[5]

A lawsuit was filed in 2011 by 150 residents of Waimea, Kauai against Pioneer. The 58-page lawsuit alleges that Pioneer’s practices in the farming of genetically modified seed crops on fields next to Waimea unlawfully allowed pesticides and pesticide-laden fugitive dust to blow into residents’ homes on almost a daily basis for more than 10 years.[1]

See also


  1. 1 2 Waimea residents sue Pioneer - Local. Retrieved on 2013-09-05.
  4. US Approves DuPont Plenish Soybeans - Farm Chemicals International Website - Farm Chemicals International - Article. Farm Chemicals International (2010-06-08). Retrieved on 2013-09-05.
  5. Replacing Trans Fat | March 12, 2012 Issue - Vol. 90 Issue 11 | Chemical & Engineering News. Retrieved on 2013-09-05.
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