DuPont Pioneer celebrated the opening of its new $2.5 million corn research center at Mankato, Minn. with a ribbon cutting ceremony Aug. 20.
The new facility provides space to accommodate the continued growth of the corn program within the company, including supporting the IMPACT (Intensively Managed Product Advancement Characterization and Training) plot product advancement program. This expansion includes renovation of existing office space and development of a new site plan designed to increase safety and efficiency.
Pioneer first established a research station in Mankato in 1958 and built a center in the current location in 1966. Since then, the center has experienced substantial growth in the number and size of its research programs, which develop corn hybrids, commercialize new technologies and test next-generation products for growers in southern Minnesota.