DuPont Pioneer to expand Ontario corn seed facility

30 October 2013 19:47  [Source: ICIS news]

HOUSTON (ICIS)--DuPont Pioneer is undergoing a $19m (€14m) expansion at its facility in Ontario in Canada to increase its effort to develop corn growing refuge products, the company confirmed on Wednesday.

Pioneer said the majority of the expansion is focused on building two new processing facilities. These additions will blend and treat the seeds that are placed into the company’s product offerings, which allow farmers to sow fields while meeting regulations regarding planting of genetically modified corn.

Currently growers must plant 20% of their corn crop with refuge seed, more commonly known as non-Bt varieties, in order to control insects from developing a resistance to the pest-fighting protein with the Bt corn. Prior to Pioneer, creating a refuge within the bag of seed system growers would plant the refuge portions separately, requiring further allocation of money and time.

“Integrated refuge simplifies the process of incorporating a refuge in growers’ fields and protects technology they depend on,” said Tim Weller, DuPont Pioneer senior production manager. “This is an example of the seed industry and regulators working together to protect the future of agriculture.”

Officials said the expansion construction has already begun and is anticipated to be completed in August 2014.

($1 = €0.73)


By: Mark Milam



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