Oct. 13 2016 08:06 AM

Reduced-lignin varieties allow producers to achieve high-quality alfalfa at every cut

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DuPont Pioneer announced today that Pioneer® brand alfalfa varieties with HarvXtra® technology are available for growers. These exclusive varieties with significant lignin reductions enable producers to achieve higher quality hay and forage compared to varieties without HarvXtra technology, no matter when they cut.

“These varieties are part of the DuPont Pioneer commitment to improving forage quality at every stage,” said Dan Wiersma, DuPont Pioneer alfalfa business manager. “They increase the level of forage digestibility by 10 to 15 percent, which leads to higher energy in forage diets and may result in more milk production.”

In addition to increased benefits for cattle, the new varieties also offer strong agronomic benefits, producing high yields with resistance to multiple diseases. All Pioneer brand alfalfa products with HarvXtra technology contain the Genuity® Roundup Ready® trait for weed control and have strong winter hardiness profiles. This trait package has shown no impact on lodging resistance compared to most varieties without HarvXtra technology.

“These top-performing products give growers more flexibility at cutting time, based on the needs of their operation,” Wiersma said. “The HarvXtra technology enables growers to maintain their harvest schedule routines and obtain peak quality level, and they can even delay harvest by a few days to obtain higher tonnage without sacrificing acceptable forage quality.”

Pioneer brand alfalfa varieties with HarvXtra technology will be available to fit a wide variety of geographies for both spring and fall plantings. Visit our website to learn more about Pioneer brand alfalfa products.

DuPont Pioneer 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.