For the second time in five years, DuPont Pioneer has expanded its Western Business Unit office in Lincoln.
Steve Reno, director of the Western Business Unit, or WBU, explained at a recent open house and ribbon cutting ceremony that WBU supports, among other things, DuPont Pioneer research facilities in York; La Salle, Colo.; Garden City, Kan.; Manhattan, Kan.; and Plainview, Texas.
In addition to the aforementioned research facilities, the WBU also has begun supporting DuPont Pioneer's newest Nebraska soybean research facility at Stromsburg, which opened this year, according to Reno.
This new site will enhance soybean research and will implement the DuPont Pioneer Accelerated Yield Technology (AYT) process to speed up development of the next generation of Pioneer brand T Series soybean products. This series includes 39 new products to be introduced in the U.S. this year, he said.
"We are excited about this," said Reno. "We use AYT for advancing these varieties which gives us markers to help select for higher yield and disease and pest resistance."
The WBU in Lincoln covers the western half of the United States. "Through this business unit, we have all business functions represented, including sales, marketing, research, production, finance, tech services, supply, communications and human resources and safety. We have 35 employees in the Lincoln offices that support about 500 employees across the Western Business Unit."
Reno added that "although we have always been testing soybeans in the western area, this newest expansion in the Western Business Unit will help us increase our testing, breeding and research capacity in the western half of the country."
The WBU expansion includes the addition of 3,864 square feet, which includes two new conference/meeting rooms, additional storage, a break room, restrooms and nine new office cubicles.
In addition to soybeans, Pioneer brand products include corn, sorghum, sunflower, wheat, canola and inoculants.