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DuPont Congratulates Growers Planting Pioneer(R) Brand Sorghum Hybrids in Winning Majority of National Categories in Yield Contest

DES MOINES, Iowa, Dec. 18 /PRNewswire/ --- DuPont today congratulated growers planting Pioneer(R) brand sorghum hybrids who recently won 12 of the 15 national categories in the 2007 National Sorghum Producers' (NSP) Yield and Management contest. Ten of these growers won with Pioneer sorghum hybrid 84G62.

Farmers growing Pioneer sorghum hybrids finished first place in all five national contest segments. First-, second- and third-place national honors were awarded in each segment.

In addition, growers winning both "bin-buster" 2007 championships also planted Pioneer sorghum hybrids. They were Ki Gamble, Kiowa County, Kan., with 202.96 bushels per acre in the irrigated class and Jon Robinson from Union County, Ken., with 177.31 bushels per acre in the non-irrigated class. NSP contest winners are awarded based on their ability to exceed established USDA yield average for the county where the contest field is grown; the "bin-buster" awards are given to the actual highest yield gained in irrigated and non-irrigated categories.

The NSP Yield and Management contest is an annual competition among sorghum producers with the goal of producing the highest yields. Growers compete within a broad range of sorghum production classes, including conventional-till irrigated, conventional-till non-irrigated, mulch-till non-irrigated, no-till non-irrigated and reduced-till irrigated.

In addition to national placings, growers planting Pioneer sorghum hybrids also captured a majority of the state awards. Among state winners, growers planting Pioneer sorghum hybrids won 77 percent of all category placements.

"We're pleased to see the outstanding results growers achieved in the NSP contest this year," said Paul Schickler, DuPont vice president and general manager and Pioneer president. "The attentive management practices of these growers, along with strong performing products, led to their success. Having the majority of the top-yielding hybrids in this contest shows the advantages Pioneer products bring to the financial bottom line of sorghum producers."

National and state winners will be recognized at an awards ceremony at the Sorghum Sector Breakfast on Tuesday, Feb. 12, during the 2008 National Sorghum Producers and U.S. Grains Council Conference, Feb. 11-12, 2008, at the Hyatt Regency, San Antonio, Texas.

Details about individual winners can be found on the Pioneer website at For more information about the broad range of top-producing Pioneer products, growers should contact their local Pioneer sales professional.

Pioneer Hi-Bred, a DuPont business, is the world's leading source of customized solutions for farmers, livestock producers and grain and oilseed processors. With headquarters in Des Moines, Iowa, Pioneer provides access to advanced plant genetics in nearly 70 countries.

DuPont is a science-based products and services company. Founded in 1802, DuPont puts science to work by creating sustainable solutions essential to a better, safer, healthier life for people everywhere. Operating in more than 70 countries, DuPont offers a wide range of innovative products and services for markets including agriculture and food; building and construction; communications; and transportation.

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Contact: Pat Arthur


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