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    Value of Winter Trade Shows

    January 17, 2018

    Posted by Todd Schomburg in Stine News

    You may be busy with record-keeping in preparation for the impending tax season or finalizing your seed selection for 2018, but don’t forget that the winter months mark another important time for farmers — trade show season.

    There are a number of small, regionally focused trade shows throughout the Corn Belt, as well as several large state and national shows that bring value to attendees. Thousands upon thousands of corn and soybean growers utilize these trade shows to learn about new products and services in the agriculture industry. Many trade shows even host educational seminars to showcase best farm management practices and highlight the benefits of new products on the market or in the pipeline.

    Trade shows present a prime opportunity for Stine growers and those considering Stine to meet one-on-one with a Stine sales rep about our lineup of high-yielding corn hybrids and soybean varieties. If you’re interested in Stine’s conventional corn lineup, our experts can walk you through the best herbicide programs to use in combination with conventional corn hybrids. Thinking about a switch from your old glyphosate system for soybeans? Consider Stine® LibertyLink® or Stine GT 27 soybeans. Stine has the latest soybean traits available with the most sought after, high-yielding genetics in the industry.

    To follow is a list of upcoming trade shows where you can find Stine. Stop by and visit our booth, and use this time to question our knowledgeable sales team about the best options for your corn and soybean acres in 2018.

    • Sioux Falls Farm Show, Sioux Falls, SD, January 24­–26
    • Women in Denim, Storm Lake, IA, January 26–27
    • Iowa Power Farming Show, Des Moines, IA, January 30–February 1
    • Great Lakes Crop Summit, Mt. Pleasant, WI, January 31–February 1
    • Wisconsin Corn & Soy Expo, Wisconsin Dells, WI, February 1–2
    • Buffalo Bill Farm & Ranch Expo, North Platte, NE, February 6–7
    • Sioux Falls Farm Show, Sioux Falls, SD, January 24­–26
    • AAI Showcase & Conference, Des Moines, IA, February 13–14
    • National Farm Machinery Show, Louisville, KY, February 14–17
    • International Crop Expo, Grand Forks, ND, February 21–22
    • Farm Show 2018, Marshfield, WI, February 21–22
    • Alexandria Farm & Ag Show, Alexandria, MN, February 22–23
    • Western Farm Show, Kansas City, MO, February 23–25
    • Central Minnesota Farm Show, St. Cloud, MN, February 23–March 1


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    What to Know: Sudden Death Syndrome and Brown Stem Rot

    July 05, 2017

    Posted by Todd Schomburg in Crop Management

    What to Know: Sudden Death Syndrome and Brown Stem Rot
    Because sudden death syndrome (SDS) and brown stem rot (BSR) continue to spread throughout the Midwest each year, now is a critical time to scout for signs of these diseases in your soybean fields. In Region 4, which covers northwestern Iowa and parts of Nebraska, SDS in particular was a big issue the last couple years, which means growers need to look for it again this year. Here’s what you need to know about SDS and BSR.

    Plants typically become infected with SDS in the spring, a few weeks after planting; however, symptoms of the disease may not be detectible until late July or early August. Some of the symptoms can include discolored patches (often times yellow) on the leaves between the veins, leaves dropping prematurely, root rot, blue mold-like spots on the taproot, late-developing pods and smaller-than-normal seeds, which ultimately lead to reduced yield.

    If you think you’ve detected SDS, contact your Stine regional sales agronomist to help confirm the disease. If SDS is confirmed, there really isn’t anything you can do for it this year, but in future years, there are preventive measures you can take to lessen the risk for SDS returning. Choosing soybean varieties that are SDS tolerant and seed treatments that are effective against the disease are options to discuss with your RSA. You’ll also want to take note of the problem areas so you can track those spots again next year. Typically, if SDS returns, it shows up in the same place each year.

    BSR has a lot of similar symptoms to SDS, including leaf discoloration, decreased pods and smaller seeds. However, to determine if your fields have BSR or SDS, you need to split open the root and see if the pith and stem are brown or white. If it’s brown, then it’s likely BSR, if it’s white, then it’s probably SDS.  

    In addition to selecting varieties that are BSR tolerant and using seed treatments, growers can find some relief from the disease through crop rotation, including multiple years of corn on corn, and tillage.

    For more information on how to detect and prevent SDS and BSR from occurring in your fields, talk to your regional sales agronomist.

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    Six Tips for 2017 Seed Selection

    December 02, 2016

    Posted by Todd Schomburg in Products

    If you haven’t browsed through our 2017 Seed Catalog, now is the time to check it out. We have more than 60 corn numbers and 100 soybean numbers slated for next planting season, and that doesn’t include our Elite Soybean (conventional) lines.  

    To help you get started on your 2017 seed selection, here are few tips to set you on the right track to higher yields.

    1. Consider reaching out to your local fertility expert to determine the soil fertility of your fields and what nutrient management options may be required to ensure a healthy crop next year. If you don’t have someone you are currently working with, local university extension offices may be able to provide experts and soil sampling services to help you determine what’s in your fields now, and how to make adjustments before planting season arrives.
    2. Remember that almost every hybrid/variety has an off year. Unexpected inclement weather can throw any good corn hybrid or soybean variety off its usual course, so don’t let one off year keep you away from products that have a normal history of performing well on your acres. Always make room for tried and true genetics in your portfolio.
    3. That being said, it’s also important to diversify genetics. Yes, you do want to reserve a number of acres for the products that have repeatedly performed, but as the old saying goes, “don’t put all your eggs in one basket,” just in case your favorite hybrid or variety does have that off year.
    4. Talk to your local Stine sales rep and/or dealer to discuss what has worked well in your area in the past, especially in 2016. Ask him/her which traits stood out and which hybrids and varieties were the top performers for other Stine growers in your region.
    5. Get your seed orders in early. Now is the best time of year to start because you get first dibs on the hybrids and varieties that are in high demand so that you’re already locked in and prepaid come planting season.
    6. And last but not least, take advantage of the winter farm show season. Stop by the Stine booth at a farm show near you to chat one-on-one with a Stine sales rep to discuss your plans for 2017.