Pioneer Hi-Bred, a DuPont business, is adding 23 new soybean varieties to its lineup for 2008. The new Pioneer brand soybean varieties offer growers protection against yield-robbing pests such as soybean cyst nematode (SCN), sudden death syndrome (SDS), Phytophthora root rot and brown stem rot (BSR).

“For 2008 we're excited to offer a strong class of new products that support all parts of the North American soybean market,” says Don Schafer, Pioneer senior product line manager — soybeans.

“The majority of these varieties are adapted across their respective maturity zones and display high performance along with solid agronomic stability.”

Twenty-one of the new Pioneer soybean varieties contain the Roundup Ready (RR) gene and offer impressive performance and yield protection, he said.