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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    Considering Fungicides?

    July 11, 2016

    Posted by Todd Schomburg in Crop Management

    As corn continues to tassel, it’s time to determine if you should spray fungicide on your corn acres. In Region 4, we’re starting to see some diseases, such as northern corn leaf blight and gray leaf spot, out in the field. These areas would greatly benefit from fungicide applications to help protect yield. While growers may be concerned with the initial costs of fungicide, the benefits of the applications will outweigh the costs come harvest.

    Another factor to consider when deciding whether or not to apply fungicide is the weather. Many corn diseases can thrive in areas that have received too much or too little rain. Applying a fungicide around tassel time helps keep weather-related diseases at bay. And while the weather may be cooperating for your fields so far this year, there’s no guarantee the tides won’t turn in the coming weeks. Hail and high-wind events can tear leaves and increase the chances of diseases getting into those leaves.

    As a Stine agronomist, I know it’s better to be proactive than reactive when it comes to corn diseases. Applying fungicide will help protect your yield through harvest and maximize your profits.    

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    Field Days

    September 17, 2015

    Posted by Todd Schomburg in Products

    Have questions about field management, harvest or even choosing the right seed for next year? Visit with a Stine Seed representative at an upcoming field day or trade show to get your questions answered and to hear about new products in the pipeline.

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    Clay County Fair

    September 10, 2015

    Posted by Todd Schomburg in Stine News

    The Clay County Fair in Spencer, Iowa, is two days away. RSA Todd Schomburg explains why you should stop by Stine’s booth in the Industrial Building.