Some 400 customers, employers and government agency officials gathered to officially rededicate and observe an official "grand re-opening" of the DuPont Pioneer research station in Windfall, Ind. The station has existed there for decades, and has focuses on corn and other crops.
Pioneer president Paul Schickler said the company is glad to be able to expand their research capabilities at the Windfall location. Windfall has bene home to primarily research facilities and in some cases production facilities, for various companies through the years.
The 1998 Farm Progress Show was held in Tipton County not far from Windfall.
This day was all about expanding the research capabilities at the station. DuPont CEO and chairperson of the board, Ellen Kullman assured the crowd that it was an investment in the future of agriculture. She thanked the employees present at the gathering for their hard work in the past.
More wheat, soy research
New facilities at the location will allow researchers for Pioneer to explore two newer areas more fully. They will be able to enhance soybean breeding work there, and look for new traits. The Plenish oil program which has resulted in a commercial launch was largely carried out at the Windfall location.
The Pioneer president says that in the next few years the emphasis will be on finding traits to increase the energy value of the meal from soybeans. That will allow them to produce soybeans higher in oil value with more value in meal as a feed as well.
The other big initiative which this project supports will be a search for hybrid wheat. Many other companies have tried and given up on the concept. Wheat breeders at the facility are already pursuing the goal of hybrid wheat, hoping to raise the bar on wheat yields.
Lt. Gov. Sue Ellspermann, Indiana Secretary of Agriculture, visited with DuPont and Pioneer officials to show her thanks for their decision to expand at Windfall.
Ted McKinney, Indiana State Department of Agriculture director and also a key player for economic development in Indiana, also thanked the company for its confidence in Indiana. McKinney was born, raised and sill has farming interests in Tipton County.