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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    Crop Progress Report

    August 02, 2017

    Posted by Stine Seed in Crop Management

    USDA’s National Agricultural Statistics Service released an updated crop progress report earlier this week. The report covers 18 states across the United States, 92 percent of which planted the nation’s corn acreage in 2016 and 95 percent planted the nation’s soybean acreage. Here are the latest crop progress updates and conditions from USDA-NASS.

    As of July 30, 2017, 85 percent of corn has started silking and only 23 percent has reached the dough stage. Corn silking is right on average for this time of year. As far as corn conditions across the 18-state region, 13 percent is listed in excellent condition, 48 percent as good, 26 percent as fair, nine percent as poor and four percent very poor. Last year at this time, 20 percent was listed in excellent condition, 56 percent in good, 18 percent in fair, five percent in poor and one percent very poor.

    For soybeans, 82 percent have bloomed, which is slightly ahead of the 2012–2016 average of 80 percent. Forty-eight percent of soybeans have set pods, which is also slightly ahead of schedule this year. Soybean conditions across the 18-state region are listed as 10 percent excellent, 49 percent good, 28 percent fair, 9 percent poor and four percent very poor. Last year at this time, 16 percent were listed in excellent condition, 56 percent good, 21 percent fair, five percent poor and two percent very poor.

    For more crop progress updates from USDA-NASS, visit their website.

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    2018 Stine Seed Catalog Now Available

    July 24, 2017

    Posted by Stine Seed in Products

    Choose performance. Choose yield. Choose Stine corn hybrids and soybean varieties in 2018. You can read about next year’s lineup in our 2018 Stine Seed Catalog, which is now available on our website.

    As evidence of our efforts to offer growers the highest-yielding genetics packaged with the most sought after trait technologies in the industry, Stine’s 2018 lineup includes 74 corn hybrids and more than 100 soybean varieties.

    Throughout the catalog, you’ll find outstanding Stine genetics that feature industry-leading traits — more than 50 Agrisure® trait options for corn, 48 LibertyLink® soybean options and 25 Roundup Ready 2 Xtend® products. With such an extensive lineup, we’re confident growers will have the trait technologies they need for their fields in 2018.

    If you have any questions regarding the catalog and our lineup, contact your local Stine sales representative.

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    Western Bean Cutworm Threatens Southern Nebraska

    July 21, 2017

    Posted by Chad Kuehl in Crop Management

    Western bean cutworms are a big issue in south central and southwestern Nebraska this year. Growers in this region have reported heavier than normal infestations and will need to apply insecticides over the next few weeks to help save yield.

    Western bean cutworms are pretty easy to detect. You can typically locate infestations by scouting for egg masses on leaves. Adult cutworms lay their eggs in June and July, so now’s a good time to scout your fields for clusters of white (or purple) eggs. If the eggs have hatched, you will want to search the upper portion of the plants for larvae. This usually occurs pre- or early tassel.  

    Once detected, many growers usually turn to pyrethroid applications. For best results, I recommend growers spray for western bean cutworm when the eggs begin to hatch. Multiple applications may be necessary to help combat cutworms. Unfortunately, if the larvae have already hatched, there’s a high risk they get inside the ears and begin to feed. Here they are protected from insecticides, so it’s important to spray early and often.

    There are, however, long-term solutions to tackling western bean cutworm. Stine® carries a number of corn hybrids that feature the Agrisure Viptera® and Agrisure Duracade® traits. These hybrids provide high-yielding genetics for broad-spectrum lepidopteran control, some of which also come with the convenience of refuge in bag.

    I recommend that growers who are experiencing problems with western bean cutworms this year reach out to their local Stine sales rep to develop a plan to help tackle the issue now and next year.