Pioneer Convenes Conference to Discuss Opportunities and Challenges of Maize Cultivation Under Dry Conditions
Bordeaux, France (Vocus) February 4, 2010 -- An integrated approach to plant breeding, product positioning and agronomic management are key to develop drought-tolerant crops, which will play a major role in sustainably increasing agricultural productivity, William S. Niebur, vice president – DuPont Crop Genetics Research and Development, told attendees at the grower conference, “Maize and Water Synergy.”
"Plant breeding today combines elite genetics with a matrix of technologies to accelerate the rate of yield gain,” said Niebur. “Modern biotechnology provides plant breeders with powerful tools to increase productivity for farmers on a truly global scale, while local research allows us to understand the challenges and opportunities in individual environments.”
The event, hosted by Pioneer Hi-Bred -- a DuPont business -- brought together farmers from across France to discuss how product choices and agronomic knowledge are critical to increasing maize productivity while effectively managing and preserving water resources.
"There is a growing challenge to produce more food with fewer resources as population and demand for agricultural products increases,” said Niebur. “We must utilize all the tools and technologies available to us to meet this demand in a way that works within the earth’s means."
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