Crop giant , which is part of DuPont, plans to open a research center in eastern North Carolina.

It will be called the Center for Dryland research – Coastal Plains.

The company, which is based in Des Moines, Iowa, is currently operating a research center at a temporary facility in Kinston. The search for a permanent location is underway, Pioneer Hi-Bred said in a statement.

Research at the facility will focus on products suitable to the southeast with an emphasis on drought and limited water-stressed efforts. Corn and soybean products will be developed stressing conventional and transgenic development.

“The new Pioneer research center will further expand the company’s commitment, providing better products that fit the specific needs of the region,” said Greg Wichmann, Pioneer’s southern business unit director, in a statement. “We’re very excited about this new stage in our crop research commitment.”