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DuPont Pioneer Researching Corn & Soybean Hybrids for the Mid-Atlantic

For about five years now, DuPont Pioneer has maintained research plots in the mid-Atlantic researching corn and soybean varieties for this area. Nathan O’Berry, DuPont Pioneer, Research Station Supervisor for the Kinston, NC Research Station:

“Over that five years we are still doing corn yield testing in South Carolina, North Carolina and Virginia. But we have also added a soybean breeding program, mainly focusing on group 6 and group 7 soybeans. We are trying to fill the product gap of some later maturing beans.”

O’Berry discusses the research on corn that the Kinston station is doing:

“One of the major things we are working on with corn is drought types. Since our soil types and weather conditions are different than the Midwest, we are looking at products that can stand not only the drought conditions, but also focusing on products that will handle the high nighttime temperatures.

And the soybean research:

”On the soybean research, the focus is on the fuller season soybean.”

Like most producers in the Carolinas this spring, O’Berry is waiting on the weather to get started planting his corn trial plots:

“We are waiting on some warm weather and maybe for things to dry up a little bit. We are hoping to get started next week planting corn and will plant through the month of April.”

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Nathan O’Berry, Kinston Research Station Supervisor for DuPont Pioneer is dedicated to serving the agricultural industry in the Carolinas and Virginia with the latest ag news, exclusive regional weather station readings, and key crop market information. The website is a companion of the Southern Farm Network, provider of daily agricultural radio programming to the Carolinas since 1974. presents radio programs, interviews and news relevant to crop and livestock production and research throughout the mid-Atlantic agricultural community.