Early North America Harvest Data Shows Significant Yield Advantage With Optimum(R) AQUAmax(TM) Products From DuPont

Early North America Harvest Data Shows Significant Yield Advantage With
Optimum(R) AQUAmax(TM) Products From DuPont

DES MOINES, Iowa, Oct. 1, 2012 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- via PRWEB - New Pioneer®
brand Optimum® AQUAmax™ products from DuPont demonstrated a significant yield
advantage in the second year of on-farm evaluations in North America during
unprecedented drought conditions. On more than 4,000 side-by-side comparisons
with competitive products, preliminary 2012 yield data from DuPont Pioneer
shows an advantage of more than 8 percent with Optimum® AQUAmax™ products in
water-limited environments; and almost a 2 percent yield advantage in
favorable growing environments at locations harvested as of Sept. 27, 2012.

Across the past two growing seasons among more than 12,600 comparisons,
Optimum® AQUAmax™ hybrids have shown a 7.6 percent yield advantage in
water-limited environments and a 2.7 percent yield advantage in favorable
growing conditions.

"Even in drought conditions rarely experienced by most corn growers, Optimum®
AQUAmax™ products showcased their outstanding performance potential," said
Paul E. Schickler, president of DuPont Pioneer.

Over the past two years, Pioneer has released 25 Optimum® AQUAmax™ products
onto the market and expects to increase that number for the 2013 growing
season.

Pioneer researchers use native genes from a wide background of maize genetics
to help improve drought tolerance within Optimum® AQUAmax™ products. Because
drought is a complex challenge, many genes are involved in a plant's ability
to tolerate hot, dry conditions.

"Innovative products like Optimum® AQUAmax™ provide growers the opportunity to
help defend their acres against brutal growing conditions," said Schickler.
"This year thousands of farmers were able to see firsthand that Optimum®
AQUAmax™ products deliver yields, rain or shine. As we kick off our 2013
selling season, early grower demand for Optimum® AQUAmax™ products is very
strong."

Field reports throughout the 2012 growing season revealed that unlike hybrids
exhibiting typical responses to water limited environments, customers that
planted Optimum® AQUAmax™ products noticed increased plant staygreen, less
leaf rolling and firing, and improved root mass.

"The value of the Pioneer research investment is clearly demonstrated in
side-by-side comparisons between Optimum® AQUAmax™ and competitive products,"
said Schickler. "Our differentiated approach focuses on total product
performance – enhancing yield performance during water deficits, agronomic
stability under optimal water conditions and the on-farm expertise to manage
water and deliver productivity and profitability on every acre."

As global food, feed, fuel and fiber consumption continues to increase,
researchers at Pioneer are constantly looking for methods to enhance
productivity and bring the best products to customers faster. A direct result
of the Accelerated Yield Technology (AYT™) system, Optimum® AQUAmax™ products
were created by funneling millions of experimental corn inbreds of interest
into the AYT™ system. Only a small percentage of inbreds ever advance to
Pioneer field trials.

"Even with technology advancements like those employed with the AYTTM system
available, we have to acknowledge the significant challenges dealt by Mother
Nature," said Schickler. "Optimum® AQUAmax™ products are not cacti and do
require moisture to germinate and develop, and early harvest data strongly
indicates that these products performed as expected."

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 http://www.dupont.com.

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"projects," "indicates," and similar expressions. These statements are not
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including inflation, interest and foreign currency exchange rates, of
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successful integration of structural changes, including restructuring plans,
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development of new products, including regulatory approval and market
acceptance; seasonality of sales of agricultural products; and severe weather
events that cause business interruptions, including plant and power outages,
or disruptions in supplier and customer operations. The company undertakes no
duty to update any forward-looking statements as a result of future
developments or new information.

10/1/12

*Based on current year data collected in the United States as of Sept. 27,
2012, Optimum® AQUAmax™ hybrids were grown in on-farm comparisons (+/- 4 CRM)
in 2,523 water-limited environments with a win ratio of 69 percent; and 1,669
comparisons under more favorable growing conditions with a win ratio of 59
percent in the United States. Cumulative claim includes all 2011 and 2012 (as
of 9/27/12) comparisons across the United States. Water limited environments
are those in which the water supply/demand ratio during flowering or grain
fill was less than 0.66 on a 0-1 scale (1=adequate moisture as determined by
Pioneer) using Pioneer's proprietary EnClass® system and in which the average
yield of the commercially available hybrids was less than 150 bu/acre.
Moisture levels were measured at the nearest weather station. Favorable
growing conditions are locations where yield levels were at or above 180
bu/acre on average, regardless of moisture levels. Product performance in
water-limited environments is variable and depends on many factors such as the
severity and timing of moisture deficiency, heat stress, soil type, management
practices and environmental stress as well as disease and pest pressures. All
hybrids may exhibit reduced yield under water and heat stress. Individual
results may vary.

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CONTACT: DuPont
         Jane Slusark
         jane.slusark@pioneer.com
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