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A lifetime of research experience goes in to every bag of Pioneer® brand seed

Over the past 40 years, Pioneer research technicians, contractors and local farmers have planted thousands of hybrid plots in trials across Australia. So you can be confident that when you see Pioneer® brand hybrids winning in your paddock, it's because they have made it through the most rigorous testing programme in the industry.

Trials conducted by the Pioneer research and STRIKE team around the country each season help determine which products to advance and provide growers the opportunity to attend field walks to view new hybrids. They also allow the team to gain knowledge of the hybrids in your growing region.

The Research process.

The Research process.

Pioneer's research program in Australia is designed to ensure growers have access to the very latest and best performing hybrids identified from Pioneer's global and Australian breeding effort.

Each season, the Australian Pioneer research and STRIKE teams work with local growers and contractors to test a broad range of new experimental hybrids under local conditions at multiple locations.

Australian Research Evaluation Programme Selected experimental hybrids tested and compared in Research Trials.
STRIKE Evaluation Programme Selected experimental and commercial hybrids tested and compared in on-farm trials
Australian Farmers Selected experimental and commercial hybrids tested and compared in on-farm trials


Eight key steps to our successful research program



Firstly, new hybrids are tested in Research Trials. These replicated small plot trials are located at some 26 sites around the country. The key is testing hybrids on-farm, over multiple years, in the same conditions that farmers would experience. When we test multiple hybrids, over multiple locations and seasons, we can pick the best ones to re-test the next season.



Many of the experimental hybrids don't progress beyond the research stage because their yield and agronomic characteristics are no better than existing commercial hybrids. The handful of hybrids that show improved performance in research trials move to STRIKE (Seed Technology Research In Key Environments) trials. Of which there are about 40 plus trial locations each year.



Pioneer field technicians plant each on-farm trial according to strict protocols. The STRIKE program is an industry leader because of the design of the trials.

It's a replicated, randomised trial design with diagonal check hybrids entered throughout the trial, ensuring the data is accurate and not affected by paddock variation, or other variables.



STRIKE trials are where hybrids are really put to the test in multiple trials in defined growing regions. They are tested and monitored in real-life situations that allow the STRIKE team to gather useful information about every aspect of the hybrid. New hybrids planted in Research and STRIKE trials are carefully observed and their performance is rated for a broad range of plant performance characteristics such as standability, disease resistance, grain quality and yield.



STRIKE trials are harvested using specialised STRIKE equipment which collects yield, moisture and test weight data.



Experimental hybrids that offer real advantages over existing commercial products are identified for local seed production and commercialisation.



Every individual trial co-operator receives information about their STRIKE results in discussion with their local Pioneer Territory Manager. Data from STRIKE trials also assists local Pioneer Territory Managers to help growers plant the right product in the right paddock.



The highest performing experimental Pioneer brand hybrids are identified in STRIKE trials, and only the best new candidate hybrids are advanced. Both extensive observation and performance data collected over several seasons is used to support the decision to commercially release new, higher performing hybrids to growers.


Your Seed is backed by
local experience

With dedicated and highly skilled team members located throughout Australia you can be sure of accessing the best local knowledge to help you maximise your investment in Pioneer® brand hybrid seed. Get in touch with your local Territory Sales Manager or Farm Services Consultant today.

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