ASK THE AGRONOMIST BLOG

Stine’s Ask the Agronomist blog is your source to the latest information from our expert team, including advice and insight on field practices, product recommendations, planting and harvest updates, new technologies, crop management, innovative research and information about how to keep your farm operation running smoothly year round. 

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    Stine Agronomists Agree — Weed Management Program a Must this Planting Season

    February 14, 2017

    Posted by Stine Seed in Crop Management

    Whether you’re considering burndown, pre-emerge or post-emerge applications, one thing is certain — growers need to implement a full weed management program to protect their yields from weed competition this spring.

    Different weeds have different photosynthetic processes and can be more problematic early in the growing season or closer to late summer. You need to understand the weeds that pose the greatest threat to your yields and their germination cycles before you can develop an efficient weed management program. For example, one single female waterhemp plant can produce up to a million seeds, and each seed can remain active in the soil for several years. And while waterhemp can pop up at any given time, it’s more prevalent during late growing season. Giant ragweed can be difficult to control because of its ability to survive in many different environments, including roadsides and flood plains, which makes the plant and its seed extremely volatile. Giant ragweed is also one of the earlier weeds, emerging in March in many areas of the Corn Belt.

    No matter the region, herbicide-resistant weeds and grasses can wreak havoc on your corn and soybean acres, which is why all growers need to implement a weed control program this year. Stine RSAs John Furlong and Jason Green have some advice to consider:

    RSA John Furlong

    “No matter what you use, you need to use a pre- with a different mode of action because no one chemical is going to get every weed.”

    Pre-emergence herbicides play a vital role in weed control. They protect your acres during the critical period after planting, and some often offer residual control to maintain that control post-emergence.

    RSA Jason Greene

    “With weeds like waterhemp, marestail and palmer amaranth, applying a heavy dose of pre-emergence herbicide is a fantastic idea. Stine also has ways to battle glyphosate resistance with products such as LibertyLink® soybeans. And now with Balance GT coming around in the future, we’ll have another product in our toolbox to fight those weeds.”

    Using multiple effective modes of action within the same growing season is an excellent way to outsmart weeds. Studies confirm that the more growers rely heavily on just one herbicide mode of action, the more herbicide-resistant weeds sprout from its overuse. Consider a pre-emergence herbicide with residual capabilities and apply a post-emergence application before the weeds reach four inches. Consider a burndown application on fields where early-emerging weeds have posed a problem in the past so that you can tackle the weeds before they fully germinate. RSA Jason Green offers more tips here.

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    Stine LibertyLink for Weed Control

    February 10, 2017

    Posted by Tony Lenz in Products

    From Nebraska to South Dakota to southern Minnesota and beyond, herbicide-resistant weeds are becoming more problematic each year. RSA Tony Lenz is finding great success with Stine® LibertyLink® soybeans in his region, especially when growers implement proper management practices with the product.

    Start the path to cleaner fields this planting season. Choose Stine LibertyLink soybeans in 2017

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    Balance™ GT Soybeans Receive Chinese Approval

    February 08, 2017

    Posted by Stine Seed in Products

    Developed by MS Technologies™ and Bayer, the Balance GT Soybean Performance System offers soybean growers high-yielding, elite genetics coupled with a double herbicide-tolerant trait that will confer tolerance to glyphosate and isoxaflutole — the active ingredient in the new Balance® Bean herbicide. Balance™ GT will help combat a broad spectrum of grasses and broadleaves, including glyphosate-, triazine-, PPO and ALS-resistant weeds. Growers will also enjoy the long-lasting residual control provided by Balance® Bean, as well as its unique reactivation technology which will help effectively control target weeds through canopy closure.

    Balance™ GT recently received trait approval from China — the last major import approval needed for Balance™ GT soybeans. This announcement brings the system one step closer to commercialization; however, the full system will not be immediately available until the required regulatory approvals have been received for Balance® Bean herbicide. 

    Once full approval is granted for the Balance™ GT Soybean Performance System, Stine looks forward to offering Balance™ GT soybeans to growers throughout the United States.

    “At Stine, we’re committed to giving growers choices for their operations. Balance™ GT soybeans will be a great addition to our soybean lineup,” notes David Thompson, national sales and marketing director for Stine. “It represents a forward-thinking solution, packaged in high-yielding, elite genetics. This is a positive step forward for the soybean industry.”

    The Balance GT system will build upon many soybean growers’ current preferred glyphosate-based programs, offering growers choice for their acres with a simple and effective weed control product. When combined with Balance® Bean, the Balance™ GT Soybean Performance System offers growers a non-volatile, high-yielding option for better per-acre profits.

    To learn more about Balance GT, visit http://www.balancegtsoybeans.com/.