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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    Finding the Right Alignment for Your Farm: A Grower’s Perspective on Stine® HP Corn®

    December 06, 2017

    Posted by Stine Seed in High-Population Corn

    Agriculture is changing, and Stine grower Brad Kremer has adopted the latest innovative farming practices to position his operation for success. By implementing the newest seed technologies and planting practices on his farm, he’s able to not only increase yield but also tonnage per acre for dairy silage.

    Brad and his family own and operate approximately 3,000 acres of corn, soybeans and alfalfa, in addition to a dairy operation in Pittsville, Wisconsin. And, for the last nine years, they have experimented with different planting technologies. One particular technology that Brad has found great success in, he actually stumbled upon by accident — high-population, narrow-row corn. He knew he had discovered a practice that would spell success for his operation, and it only improved when he discovered Stine® and the company’s lineup of HP Corn® hybrids. 

    “When I found Stine and saw what they were doing (with HP Corn), it was a perfect alignment,” said Brad.

    What intrigued him about Stine’s HP Corn was the plant’s structure and ability to make more efficient use of land, in addition to the tonnage per acre it generated.

    “I knew as soon as it came up there was something special about that corn. It emerged perfect, it was a dark green color and we had the stand right off the bat … When we rode the combine through it, we couldn’t quite believe what we were seeing. We had a guy come out and certify it while we were combining … He couldn’t believe it with his own eyes. When the dust settled, it averaged 303 corrected dry bushels. I’ve never heard my combine rumble like that, but it was a pretty good feeling.”

    Stine’s advanced research allows growers like Brad to find the best fit for their acres. Stine provides the support and guidance to suggest the proper seed technology and management practices to increase yield and growers’ bottom line.

    For more on Brad’s path to success with Stine HP Corn, view his video testimonial on our website.

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    Study Finds LibertyLink Soybeans Most Valued by Growers in 2017

    November 29, 2017

    Posted by Stine Seed in Products

    The results are in! An independent study conducted by Kynetec — a leader in agricultural market research — reveals that growers prefer LibertyLink® soybeans over all other trait platforms available in 2017. Bayer Crop Science announced the news in mid-November, stating the LibertyLink system was rated the highest trait platform of 2017, with 97 percent of farmers who planted the system rating LibertyLink as “good” or “excellent.” Kynetec surveyed approximately 500 growers in 21 states for the study.

    Other highlights from the report reveal that weed control is top of mind for growers, which ranked higher than yield, and Liberty® herbicide was voted the number one herbicide for control of broadleaf weeds. It also ranked high for ease of use and lack of off-target movement. 

    The report also estimates that with the success of the LibertyLink system and high grower satisfaction, 17 million acres of LibertyLink soybeans will be planted in 2018 — more than a 25 percent increase over 2017.

    At Stine, we’re not surprised by these results. From talking to our own growers, it’s clear that our line of Stine® LibertyLink soybeans outperforms the rest. You can even view some Stine LibertyLink success stories through our I Choose Stine grower testimonials, located on our Stine Stories website

    Stine is pleased to offer 48 Stine LibertyLink varieties to growers in 2018. Stine LibertyLink soybeans combine high-yielding genetics with outstanding crop safety through built-in tolerance to fast-acting Liberty herbicide. The combination controls more than 120 broadleaf weeds and grasses, including ALS- and glyphosate-resistant weeds. And there is no documented weed resistance to the unique mode of action of Liberty worldwide.

    Learn more about our lineup of Stine LibertyLink soybeans in our 2018 seed catalog or contact your local Stine sales representative.

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    A Stine Thanksgiving

    November 21, 2017

    Posted by Stine Seed in Stine News

    “As we express our gratitude, we must never forget that the highest appreciation is not to utter words, but to live by them.” — John F. Kennedy

    As we prepare to celebrate the joy of Thanksgiving with family and friends, we are reminded that gratitude is more than words. At Stine, expressing gratitude isn’t something we do once a year. We are grateful every day for our dedicated employees, our loving families and our loyal customers who, ultimately, drive the success of our business. Whether it’s in the form of communication, personalized customer service, product discounts or standing true to our promise to deliver the highest-yielding genetics to grower customers, expressed or implied, we are thankful for all of you year-round.

    A few of our employees recently shared what they are thankful for:  

    Ken Wolf, director of training — sales
    My Heavenly Father and my family — without them, I would be nothing. For Stine that lets me improve my situation and gives me an opportunity to share my resources. Finally, being given the chance to train and teach new ISRs so we can offer the best sales and service to our customers.

    Stefanie Ray, regional sales agronomist
    I am thankful for my family, especially my son, Kade, who keeps me on my toes but makes my life complete. I’m also thankful for my health and to be able to work in an industry that appreciates the importance of kindness, hard work and family values.

    Jeff Anderson, western director of sales 
    The things that I am thankful for this Thanksgiving are my wife, Tarah, and our two kids, Maddy and Colt; my family and friends; being a part of Stine Seed Company and everyone I get to work with because of it; and last but not least, having the opportunity to live in this great country.

    Bill Kessinger, regional sales agronomist
    I am thankful for time. The time that I get to spend playing with, teaching and watching my two kids grow up; the time I get to spend loving and laughing with my wife; the time I got to spend with those who are now gone; and the time I get to spend with the great people at Stine and the farmers I get the privilege to work with. Time is a precious commodity, and I thank God for every minute I am blessed with.

    Mike Smith, technical agronomist
    This year I’m very thankful for my health. It was about a year ago when I experienced the first of several strokes that left my future up in the air. A year later, with great medical care and encouragement from my family, I have made a full recovery and feel better than I have in years. I’m looking forward to spending time with my family and friends this holiday season and relishing every moment!

    Brian Hartman, director of agronomy
    As I reflect on this past year, there is so much to be thankful for. I am most thankful for the health of my family and all our achievements made through the hard work put forth; I am extremely thankful for the freedom we have as Americans, as many in other countries do not have such; and I am grateful for the opportunity to work with so many professional, hardworking and dedicated people at Stine, which makes work enjoyable as we have accomplished so much. I look forward to what is in store for 2018, as we are in some of the most exciting and challenging times in agriculture. 

    Todd Schomburg, regional sales agronomist
    I am thankful for my close family and friends.  And I look forward to the opportunity to spend the Thanksgiving holiday with my family. 

    Clint Bounds, general manager, sales
    I am most thankful for my wife and two children. They are my pride and joy! My parents that have always given me tremendous love and support, and the Stine leadership team I am surrounded by and work with every day. They make my job fun and are very dedicated to their jobs with Stine.

    Have a happy and safe Thanksgiving!