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Pioneer Hi-Bred To Plant in China

April 27, 1998

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) _ Research in China will help Pioneer Hi-Bred develop corn hybrids that can grow in the specific conditions of more than 50 million acres of Chinese farmland, the company said Monday.

The Des Moines-based seed company said in a statement that it had received permission from the Chinese government to do research planting on 25 acres in northern China’s Liaoning province.

``Our aim is to understand the growing environments as we develop new seed products,″ said Richard McConnell, senior vice president for research.

The company has more than 100 research locations worldwide, including other Asian centers in the Philippines, Thailand, Indonesia and India.

``Our new research location should play an important role in China’s continued ability to feed its huge population,″ said Hal Thorne, Pioneer’s vice president for Asian operations.

Pioneer in January said it was opening a business office in Beijing.

Pioneer hybrids have been in governmental registration trials since 1994, and the company hopes to have its first products on the market in China in 2001, Thorne said.

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