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New agricultural research center opens in Delta

STONEVILLE — DuPont Pioneer has opened its new $3 million research center in Stoneville.

The Stoneville research center will conduct testing, breeding, characterization and product development of soybeans and corn. It will have 20 full-time worker and 30 part-time employees.

The center is the first such research facility in the state of Mississippi.

The center held a formal opening this past week.

DuPont Pioneer agronomist Brewer Blessitt tells the Delta Democrat Times while the initial focus is on soybeans and corn, research will expand into other areas.

“In years to come, we’ll also be yield testing wheat and grain sorghum. Those two products are getting ready to see vast improvements in accelerated yield technology,” he said.

Blessitt said DuPont Pioneer will be working with the USDA Agricultural Research Service and the Mississippi State Extension Service as well as area farmers.

Willard Jack, a Belzoni farmer who grows corn, wheat, cotton, soybeans and rice, said he was pleased to have a DuPont Pioneer research center within driving distance and that Delta farmers finally will have access to services Midwestern farmers have had for years.

“As a producer, I’m very proud to have them here, and the important thing is that they’re looking at what’s going on right in this area and they’re picking solutions for me and helping me with products,” Jack said.

Headquartered in Des Moines, Iowa, Dupont Pioneer is an agricultural genetics and technology company that produces seeds and grain additives. Pioneer has 5,000 employees worldwide.


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