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Soybeans by seed count

Pioneer Hi-Bred plans to start selling its soybean products by seed count per unit instead of by weight, beginning this fall for planting in 2013.

The DuPont-owned seed company, which until now had sold soybean seeds by the 50-pound (22.7-kilogram) unit, will move to a 140,000-seed-per-unit measure in both Canada and the U.S.

Soybean seeds can potentially vary in size, depending on genetics and growing conditions, which in turn could affect the number of seeds in a 50-pound unit, the company said. “With this change to selling by count, the number of seeds per unit will be consistent for Pioneer customers.”

Pioneer’s Chatham, Ont.-based Canadian arm will still sell soybean seed in “traditional” paper bags as well as its PROBOX units, jumbo bags and PROBulk systems.

The Canadian arm’s president, Ian Grant, said the move to the seed count system comes “in direct response to our customers’ wants and needs, providing greater ease and accuracy of field-by-field planting.” †

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