Pioneer and Sand Seed Service partner to expand soybean production

Friday, February 19, 2010
Pictured, left to right, Stan Remington, Sand Seed Service general manager; Chet Vander Velde, Pioneer production agronomist; Tom Kellen, Pioneer plant manager; Chuck Sand; Ed Sand, SOI district representative; Terry Tuttle, Pioneer production leader; Jason Larsen, Pioneer production agronomist. Photo contributed

Pioneer Hi-Bred and Sand Seed Service recently announced a partnership to expand Pioneer soybean production capacity to help meet the growing demand for Pioneer® brand soybeans.

The Sand Seed Service soybean production location in Marcus will partner with the Pioneer soybean production location in Aurelia to condition, package and ship Pioneer soybeans.

"Strong performance is driving demand for Pioneer Y Series soybean varieties," said Judd O'Connor, Pioneer business director for Iowa and Missouri. "We are pleased to partner with a high quality, local seed production facility to expand Pioneer soybean production capacity to help meet that demand."

"Sand Seed Service is proud of our seed conditioning facilities and our people," said Stan Remington, general manager of Sand Seed Service. "We are confident that we can provide Pioneer with additional seed production capacity to help them meet their growing demand for Pioneer soybean seed."

Pioneer soybeans conditioned at the Sand Seed Service facility will meet the same high quality standards as soybeans processed at Pioneer soybean production facilities. Pioneer will manage the grower contracting and will oversee the conditioning, packaging and shipping processes.

"As an ISO 9001-2008 certified company, we feel very strongly about our ability to condition, package and ship Pioneer soybean seed, and maintain their high quality standards," said Paul Wilkens, quality systems manager for Sands.

Pioneer Y Series soybeans were introduced into the marketplace for the 2009 growing season. In addition to enhanced yield, these new Y Series varieties offer strong agronomic traits and protection against yield-robbing pests such as soybean cyst nematode (SCN), sudden death syndrome (SDS), Phytophthora root rot, white mold and iron chlorosis.

Pioneer operates nine seed production locations in Iowa, including soybean production locations in Aurelia, Hedrick and Renwick.

Sand Seed Service is a third generation, family owned and privately held company located in Marcus. Current family members in the business are Chuck Sand, Ed Sand, Kathy (Sand) Ogren and John Sand. The Sand company was founded in 1932, and is comprised of a state-of-the-art soybean seed conditioning facility, grain complex and agronomy center.

Pioneer Hi-Bred, a DuPont business, is the world's leading source of customized solutions for farmers, livestock producers and grain and oilseed processors. With headquarters in Des Moines, Iowa, Pioneer provides access to advanced plant genetics in nearly 70 countries.

DuPont is a science-based products and services company. Founded in 1802, DuPont puts science to work by creating sustainable solutions essential to a better, safer, healthier life for people everywhere. Operating in more than 70 countries, DuPont offers a wide range of innovative products and services for markets including agriculture and food; building and construction; communications; and transportation.

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