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Pioneer Tour Podcast
14 minutes | Dec 1, 2020
THE PROCESS BEHIND NEW PRODUCTS
Every year, after all the IMPACT trial results are in, Pioneer releases a bevy of new product advancements. It’s a preview of the shiny new hybrids and varieties coming to farmers’ fields. But if you unwrap it all, what’s the process to get to that point? And what makes Pioneer confident these new products will perform? In this episode, Matt uncovers the process behind the new products with Derek Bowman, a product agronomist with Pioneer.
30 minutes | Nov 24, 2020
PUSHING THE LIMITS
Every soybean farmer has yield goals when they plant in the spring. For some, maybe its 80 or 90 bu/A. For others, it’s pushing even higher to 100 bu/A. While today’s high-yielding varieties are making those counts achievable – it takes more than just great seed. So what’s the secret to maxing out soybean yield? In this episode, Matt talks to Matt Miles a grower from Arkansas, along with his agronomist, Robb Dedman, as well as gets management advice from his Pioneer agronomist, James Watkins.
23 minutes | Nov 10, 2020
ROOTING FOR YIELD
Yield is king when it comes to growing corn. But everything from weather and disease pressure to destructive pests are taking shots at the crown. So, when selecting hybrids, how can farmers best balance protection and performance? In this episode, Matt gets a first-hand farmer perspective from Rob Sharkey, a corn grower from Illinois, as well as advice from Rob’s Pioneer sales representative, Lance Gentle.
26 minutes | Oct 27, 2020
THE STORY BEHIND THE NUMBERS
When looking at harvest numbers, it can sometimes feel like everyone comes out looking like a winner. But dig a little deeper and you’ll find that not all data is collected and calculated equally. In this episode, Matt gets a look into how Pioneer collects yield data at harvest from people on the front lines — Product Lifecycle Manager Jerron Schmoll and Agronomy Manager Mary Gumz — and discovers the process is even more stringent than he imagined.
22 minutes | Oct 20, 2020
THERE’S A LAB FOR THAT?
All feed isn’t equal. So how do farmers make sure theirs is high quality? Well, Pioneer’s got a lab for that. With labs dedicated to both forage and inoculant quality, Pioneer can inspect samples for nutritional value or even guarantee the amount of live bacteria in an inoculant. To find out what this all means for farmers’ feed bunks, Matt talks with Dr. Chris Iiams, a senior research scientist at Pioneer.
32 minutes | Oct 13, 2020
FROM FIELDS TO FORKS: AN OIL BOOM
In part three of this series examining crop production for the human food chain, Matt talks with Tyler Groeneveld, Grain and Oils Leader with Corteva Agriscience and Kristie Sigler, Senior Vice President and Partner, Food & Nutrition, FleishmanHillard, to find out more about the increase in demand for healthy oils and how that’s impacting farmers.
30 minutes | Oct 6, 2020
FROM FIELDS TO FORKS: QUALITY INGREDIENTS
Much of the food we eat goes on a journey with several stops before it gets to our table. In part two of a three-part series on crop production for the human food chain, we’re moving from corn fields to a processing plant. To learn about Pioneer’s involvement in the end ingredient market, Matt talks to Mark Macrander, Director, Specialty Grains and Plant Science from Ingredion.
29 minutes | Sep 29, 2020
FROM FIELDS TO FORKS: CORN’S JOURNEY
Each season there’s millions of acres of Pioneer corn and soybeans grown across the U.S. But have you ever wondered how much is grown for human consumption? Or how the process might be different from crops grown for other end uses? Over the next three episodes, Matt talks with a wide variety of experts to get a look into the intricacies and challenges around crop production for the human food chain. The journey starts with Roger Theisen, Pioneer’s marketing manager for specialty corn and soybeans.
33 minutes | Sep 22, 2020
BACK TO THE FUTURE (OF CORN)
Corn breeders must always have their eyes on the future, while still learning from the past. Whether it’s changes in field conditions, a shift in farmer needs or the emergence of new pests, the development of new hybrids needs to not only keep up, but be able to anticipate and adapt. In this episode, Matt gets a glimpse into the future of Pioneer corn from Neil Hoss, North American Corn Product Manager, and Matt Smalley, leader of a new group in Research called Agriculture Systems Design and Optimization.
25 minutes | Sep 15, 2020
THE WEATHER FACTOR PART 2: THE POWER OF DATA
What one factor in farming is so frustratingly unpredictable, yet so extremely impactful on each season’s crop? The answer is the weather. So, what can farmers do besides simply hoping for the right mix of sunshine and rain? In part two of this episode, Matt talks to Matt Clover, an agronomy manager using predictive data to identify the right management and placement for hybrids based on environmental conditions. Interview taped prior to August 10 storms.
23 minutes | Sep 1, 2020
Demystifying Seed Treatment
Go inside the hub where Pioneer tests all its seed treatments and get clarity on the tech and why we know it works.
16 minutes | Aug 25, 2020
Moving Forward with Forages
Today’s dairy farmers are facing unprecedented challenges. For some, finding new opportunities to make their operations more efficient and ensuring the quality of their feed has never been more important to sustaining their businesses. In this episode, we’ll examine a couple aspects of the Pioneer forages program that are finding new ways to positively impact a farmer’s bottom line.
22 minutes | Aug 18, 2020
What about Wheat?
Matt’s talked to guests about advancements in corn, soybeans and even sorghum. What about wheat? Pioneer has a storied history in wheat — spanning 50 years. What challenges are today’s wheat farmers facing, and how is Pioneer tapping into its famed innovation pipeline to address them and drive wheat production into the future? To find out, Matt talks to Jessie Alt, Global Wheat Lead for Corteva Agriscience and Cristiano Lemes, wheat breeder and research scientist for Pioneer.
32 minutes | Aug 11, 2020
The Weather Factor Part 1: Trends and Technology
What one factor in farming is so frustratingly unpredictable, yet so extremely impactful on each season’s crop? The answer is the weather. So, what can farmers do besides simply hoping for the right mix of sunshine and rain? In part one of this two-part episode, Matt talks to Brandon Wardyn, a corn breeder specializing in water-limited environments.
21 minutes | Aug 4, 2020
The Sorghum Success Story
There’s sorghum, then there’s Pioneer® brand sorghum. Sorghum that consistently dominates yield contests. Sorghum with built-in defenses against the scourge of sorghum fields: sugarcane aphids. But what goes into making Pioneer sorghum so successful in fields? To find out, Matt talks to two sorghum breeders, Cleve Franks and Laura Mayor, both in the heart of the Sorghum Belt.
18 minutes | Jul 28, 2020
Test and Learn
Pioneer field teams are crucial in helping farmers select the right product for the right acre. This summer, they’re getting their closest look yet at Pioneer® brand Enlist E3® soybeans in local plots across the U.S. What are they aiming to learn and what else are they doing to become local experts on Enlist E3® soybeans? Matt speaks to Pioneer Field Agronomist Clyde Tiffany and Enlist Field Specialist Steve Snyder for a real-time update.
17 minutes | Jul 17, 2020
Factoring In More Factors
Every farmer chases yield. Every seed brand chases yield. Pioneer chases yield, and everything else. Because as soon as something goes wrong — disease, insects, too much rain, too little rain — yield suffers. To learn how Pioneer scientists bring this thinking to Enlist E3® soybeans, Matt talks to a couple soybean researchers.
14 minutes | Jul 17, 2020
The Local Breeder Effect
What works for one farmer doesn’t necessarily work for another. Which is why Pioneer’s national footprint is made up of hundreds of local footprints. To learn how local breeders enrich Pioneer's product development process, Matt talks to three breeders and an agronomist located in diverse geographies and focused on a variety of crops.
17 minutes | Jul 17, 2020
Firing On All Cylinders
Pioneer’s revolutionary R&D process is not just for corn. It’s for soybeans, sorghum, sunflowers, alfalfa, canola, corn silage, wheat and inoculants. To explore how innovations are happening across the entire R&D pipeline, Matt talks to a pair of Pioneer breeders and a pair of product agronomists.
4 minutes | Jul 17, 2020
Welcome To The Pioneer Tour Podcast
What makes Pioneer, Pioneer? It’s not just one thing. It’s many things. Many people, many places, many facts. Join Matt Brechwald, farmer and ag podcaster, as he talks to Pioneer breeders, agronomists and sales representatives all over the country who are helping farmers succeed in the most complex and rewarding industry on earth.
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