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Pioneer announces plans for new Ohio corn research unit

By Matt Reese

At the temporary Pioneer research center in Plain City, Randy Minton, Pioneer Business Director for the Northeast Business Unit, announced the plans for a new permanent Pioneer corn research facility in Ohio.

“We just got approval to build a permanent site in Urbana,” Minton said.  “We will be breaking

Pioneer's NE business unit includes Ohio, Michigan and other states to the northeast shown in the light blue.

ground this summer. A lot of our other research is focused on the western Corn Belt, but this will be here to serve customers in Ohio and our Northeast Business Unit.”

Plans for the 20,000-square-foot facility have recently been finalized. The Ohio facility will play an important research role in the development of products crafted for the Eastern Corn Belt.

“We want to be the world’s most innovative plant genetics business. A significant part of our effort is reliably supplying seed for increased production. We have a worldwide year round production system. There is a lot of work that goes into this,” Minton said. “We’ve got to move more than 44 million units of corn and soybeans around the country every year. DuPont is committing to $10 billion in R&D and 4,000 new products introduced by the end of 2020.”


While visiting the new facility in Plain City, Dale Minyo caught up with Senior Research Associate Joseph Stull to talk about what the facility means for research

Pioneer Research Joe Stull

Ty Higgins and Pioneer’s Northeast region Business Director Randy Minton visit about the Right Product, Right Acre mentality

Randy Minton

To get a grower perspective of the 2012 planting season, Dale talked with Pioneer Sales Rep Neal Bond

Pioneer Research Neal Bond


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