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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    Crop Progress Update: Harvest Slowly Ramps Up

    October 04, 2017

    Posted by Stine Seed in Harvest

    The United States Department of Agriculture’s National Agricultural Statistics Service reports that 17 percent of corn has been harvested, behind the 2012–2016 average of 26 percent harvested at this time. Corn conditions are reported as 14 percent excellent, 49 percent good, 25 percent fair, nine percent poor and three percent very poor as of October 1. For soybeans, 22 percent have been harvested compared to the 2012–2016 average of 26 percent at this time. Twelve percent of soybeans have been listed in excellent condition, 48 percent in good, 28 percent in fair, nine percent poor and three percent very poor. These figures are gathered from the 18 states that harvested 95 percent of the 2016 soybean acreage and 94 percent of the 2016 corn acreage.

    In parts of Stine’s sales territory, harvest is moving along. In Region 12 (west central Illinois), most farmers are focused on soybeans and are choosing to let their corn continue to dry in the field. According to Region 12 RSA Luke Crawford, “We’re seeing very good yields with Stine® LibertyLink® soybeans this season. Standout varieties include Stine 36LE32 and 38LE02 brand soybeans.” As for corn harvest, Luke notes that they’re seeing good yields where they had rain. In some parts of the region, however, it was really dry, so yields are lower than they have been in the past. Of the new corn numbers that they’ve been able to harvest, Stine 9734-20, 9808E-20, 9734-0 and 9714-0 stand out. That being said, there is still a lot more corn to come out in Region 12.

    In Stine Region 8 (north central Missouri), RSA Mike Eckels said some of Stine’s corn hybrids are pulling in solid yields. A corn plot near Sedalia had some yields ring in on the higher end. Stine 9728E-G brand corn yielded 189.1 bu/acre, Stine 9734-20 brand corn yielded 197.1 bu/acre, Stine 9814-11 brand corn yielded 235.8 bu/acre and Stine 9714-G brand corn yielded 187.8 bu/acre. All hybrids were planted at a population of 29,000 in 30-inch rows.

    Stay tuned for more harvest updates in the coming weeks.


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    Highlights from the 2017 Farm Progress Show

    September 26, 2017

    Posted by Stine Seed in Stine News

    Another successful Farm Progress Show is in the books thanks to the thousands of visitors who stopped by our booth! The Farm Progress Show was in Decatur, Illinois, this year, and we had visitors from all over the Corn Belt and beyond, including some from outside the United States, stop by our booth to talk with Stine sales representatives. Visitors inquired about Stine’s high-yielding genetics, new soybean technologies and our 2018 corn and soybean lineup. They also had the chance to Go Big with Stine — our latest promotion where visitors take home one of our newly designed hats, visit the website listed on the tag of the hat and register to win a Polaris Ranger.

    We enjoyed sharing our latest genetics and technology with our visitors. A John Deere DB60 72-row HP Twin 20 planter was displayed beside the Stine booth, leaving many visitors intrigued and anxious to learn more about Stine® HP Corn®  and our innovative HP Twin 20 Planting System. Stine sales representatives were also on hand to discuss Stine’s latest corn hybrids and soybean varieties, including the new Stine® GT 27 and LibertyLink® soybeans.

    Stine RSAs and leadership on site had the chance to visit with various media outlets who were at the show, providing interviews with WHO Radio, Brownfield Ag News, Farm Industry News and more. Myron Stine, president of Stine, was at the booth, speaking with reporters and farmers about his optimism for the new soybean technology in the pipeline and the outlook of agriculture, including the value Stine can bring to the industry.  You can listen to one of Myron’s interviews with Brownfield Ag News here.

    It was an exciting and educational week for Stine at the Farm Progress Show. If you missed us this year at Decatur, be sure to visit us next year at the Farm Progress Show in Boone, Iowa.

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    A Reminder this Harvest Season

    September 19, 2017

    Posted by Stine Seed in Harvest

    It’s National Farm Safety and Health Week! With harvest underway in some parts of the country, Stine wants to help everyone have a safe and successful harvest season. Whether you’re working on machinery, driving from field to field or putting long hours in the combine, you must always be alert. Here are five tips to stay safe this harvest season:

    1. Be careful on the road. Make sure all lights and flashers work properly, keep an eye out for animals and watch for drivers who may not be watching for you. Try to avoid busy roads during rush hour. If needed, discuss a route with your local police department to choose a safe path between your fields.
    2. Communication is key. Make sure your team communicates frequently and set an emergency plan in place that all employees are aware of and know how to implement. Walk through the emergency plan with all members before harvest begins.
    3. Limit riders. Limit riders on equipment and make sure extra passengers are in a safe seat. Do not let passengers ride on fenders, hitches or attachments. While it’s nice to have family keep you company during harvest, it’s best to take them out in the combine or other farm machinery in separate trips. If the cab is too crowded, it may make it difficult to operate. Always remember, safety first.
    4. Be safe around the bin. Never enter a bin when unloading equipment, such as an auger, is running, and do not enter a bin with automatic unloading equipment unless the control circuit is locked out. Always have a helper nearby when entering a grain bin. Avoid wearing loose clothing around the equipment. 
    5. Be aware of your own limits. If you’re becoming fatigued after long hours in the combine, this may cause an accidental injury when using farm equipment. Stay alert, and if you feel yourself drifting, it’s time to take a break. Be sure to take care of yourself; don’t miss a meal, get some sleep, know when you need a break and stay hydrated.

    When out in the field, the days get long and your attention may start to wane. Be aware of your own limits, be aware of your surroundings and always have an emergency plan in place. It’s better to be safe than sorry. Stine wishes everyone a safe and successful harvest season. For more tips on harvest safety, contact your local Stine sales rep.