11 October 2013 22:04 [Source: ICIS news]
HOUSTON (ICIS)--DuPont Pioneer is undergoing an expansion of its crop breeding efforts in Manitoba, Canada and has budgeted $2m (€1.5m) for increasing operations, the agricultural products company confirmed on Friday.
Currently underway, the expansion will include a new greenhouse for the research center, which will allow for year-round work on improving its corn, soybean and canola breeding and testing efforts.
Part of the research being conducted at the Pioneer facility is focused on early maturing corn and soybean breeding, which will be valuable to growers in Canada who have shorter planting and growing seasons than their US counterparts.
The company said it is felt that corn and soybeans will soon become a vital part of the agricultural landscape in western Canada and this expansion will help facilitate that growth in crop rotation options and provide farmers with additional insight into producing viable yields.
“It is growers continued trust in our Pioneer brand products that makes this growth both possible and necessary,” said Dave Charne, DuPont Pioneer research director. “We will need to hire several additional research staff in the next few years to execute the program growth these new facilities support. There will be opportunities in corn, canola and soybean research.”
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