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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    Generations of Stewardship

    April 19, 2017

    Posted by Stine Seed in Crop Management

    This Saturday marks the 47th annual Earth Day — a day proclaimed to celebrate planet Earth and support environmental protection around the world. Numerous initiatives take place in support of Earth Day, including marches, environmental literacy outreach and more, and we commend all who participate in these events. At Stine, we salute one group of environmental stewards in particular for their efforts not only on this day, but every day — farmers.

    As John F. Kennedy once said, There is too little public recognition of how much we all depend upon farmers as stewards of our soil, water and wildlife resources.” What many people may forget is that the environment is a farmer’s most precious resource. Without fertile soils, a farmer’s crop could not grow. And without access to Earth’s other natural resources — sunlight and rainfall, to name a few — a farmer’s crop could not flourish. The field is the farmer’s office; and it’s not an 8–5 job. Often times, they work sunrise to sunset and then some to ensure a bountiful harvest.

    Through the years farmers have developed systems and processes to effectively manage and protect the land they work. Certain environmental stewardship practices such as no-till, crop rotation, buffer strips and cover crops can help soil health by increasing nutrients and organic matter, and help protect water quality by preventing nutrient runoff. Some of these practices also help with weed and insect control, which may decrease herbicide and pesticide use.  

    Regional Sales Agronomist John Furlong knows a thing or two about best management practices when it comes to environmental stewardship. John participates in the Middle Cedar Partnership Project — an effort he joined not only as a Stine RSA but also as a landowner and grower. The project, led by the city of Cedar Rapids, Iowa, is designed to assist conservation partners, farmers and landowners to use best management practices on land and in waterways surrounding the Cedar River Watershed. Some of the program’s conservation recommendations include planting cover crops, creating wetland and wetland easements, installing saturated buffers or bioreactors and implementing best management practices for applying nutrients.

    Several Stine employees also work with the CropLife Ambassador Network — an outreach program designed to educate grade-school students about the importance of American agriculture. We are grateful to have employees involved in such worthwhile causes that help promote and preserve the environment. At Stine, we celebrate all farmers who work tirelessly to serve as stewards of the land they work.

     

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    Stine Agrisure Trait Corn

    April 11, 2017

    Posted by Stine Seed in Products

    From season-long insect protection to built-in herbicide tolerance, Stine® corn featuring Agrisure® traits is in high demand this planting season. Here’s why:

    1. High-yielding genetics. Stine brand corn featuring Agrisure traits combines some of the industry’s most powerful trait packages with Stine’s high-yielding elite genetics to deliver exceptional hybrids with superior yields.
    2. Insect control. The Agrisure portfolio of traits boasts excellent above-ground insect protection against common corn pests such as corn rootworm and European corn borer. The Agrisure Viptera® 3110 trait, in particular, provides excellent control of European corn borer, southwestern corn borer, southern cornstalk borer, corn earworm, fall armyworm, dingy cutworm, beet armyworm, black cutworm, western bean cutworm, sugarcane borer and common stalk borer.
    3. Herbicide tolerance. Stine corn with Agrisure traits features herbicide tolerance, including several trait options that confer tolerance to in-season applications of glufosinate and glyphosate. Agrisure® GT/CB/LL combines the benefits of Agrisure® GT and Agrisure® CB/LL's trait technologies into a single hybrid with proven season-long corn borer protection and an inbred tolerance to glyphosate and Liberty® herbicide.
    4. Refuge options. Stine offers a wide selection of non-insect traited corn to allow growers to manage refuge their way. In addition, Agrisure Viptera® 3220 E-Z Refuge®, Agrisure® 3122 E-Z Refuge® and Agrisure Duracade® 5222 E-Z Refuge® brand corn offer growers high-yielding genetics for broad-spectrum lepidopteran control with the convenience of five percent integrated corn borer refuge in bag (E-Z Refuge).
    5. Choice. Stine delivers the best options for growers’ fields, including more than 30 Stine hybrids featuring one of eight different Agrisure trait packages. And we look forward to adding additional Agrisure Duracade® trait stacks to our lineup, which contain a unique mode of action to tackle western, northern and Mexican corn rootworm.

    For more information on Stine’s Agrisure trait corn, talk to your local Stine sales rep or visit our website.

     

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    The Importance of Crop Rotation

    April 05, 2017

    Posted by Stine Seed in Crop Management

    Weeds are smart. Over time, they develop tolerance to various herbicide modes of action, including glyphosate, ALS, PPO, dicamba and triazine. In fact, many resistant weeds are becoming such a threat to rural areas that they are referred to as noxious weeds, or “super weeds.” Legislators in the Iowa Senate recently approved a bill that would classify Palmer amaranth as a noxious weed as it continues to threaten crops across the state. Minnesota is another state that has added Palmer amaranth on its list of noxious weeds to ensure the state has the proper authority to help eradicate and stop the spread of the weed. 

    Whether part of our planting plan or not, instituting crop rotation for weed control becomes more necessary each year. Weeds eventually find ways to outsmart herbicide modes of action when the same herbicide, traits and crops are repeatedly used. Not only is crop rotation a good stewardship practice, but it’s also vital to the well-being of our crops. Luckily, we have many options that growers can use in their rotation to help manage resistant weeds, including herbicide-tolerant traits such as LibertyLink® and Agrisure®.

    With LibertyLink soybeans, growers can enjoy high-yielding genetics and outstanding crop safety through built-in tolerance to fast-acting Liberty® herbicide. Liberty herbicide controls more than 120 broadleaf weeds and grasses, including ALS- and glyphosate-resistant weeds. And to date, there is no documented weed resistance to Liberty worldwide.

    We also carry several options of Agrisure traited corn, many of which include the LibertyLink trait. Agrisure® GT/CB/LL, for example, combines the benefits of Agrisure® GT and Agrisure® CB/LL's trait technologies into a single hybrid. This triple-stack trait has built-in tolerance to both glyphosate and Liberty herbicide.

    With a number of corn hybrids and soybean varieties in our lineup, Stine offers growers the freedom to choose their preferred herbicide to help tackle weed resistance one field at a time. To learn more about our corn and soybean lineup or to discuss your crop rotation plans with an agronomist, contact your local Stine regional sales rep.