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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    Advantages of Stine’s HP Twin 20 Planting System and an Early Canopy in Corn

    October 18, 2017

    Posted by Chad Kuehl in High-Population Corn

    It’s never too early to start planning for the 2018 planting season. By now, growers should have received their Stine seed catalogs and talked to their agronomists about what’s worked well for them in 2017 and how to carry that over to the next year. For Region 5, which covers southern Nebraska and parts of western Iowa and northeastern Colorado, we’ve seen a lot of success and interest in the Stine® HP Twin 20 planting system. 

    This year, more than 12,000 acres were planted with the Stine HP Twin 20 planting system in southern Nebraska. This success has registered for farmers who are not only pushing populations on irrigated land but also on dry land.

    One advantage of the Stine HP Twin 20 planting system is more equidistant spacing. With that, being able to push the population means that you’re going to canopy the ground sooner, which means you’re going to have less weed pressure later on in the season. Another advantage is that you’re going to see is cooler temperatures in the rows on hot days. When it’s 100 plus degrees, you can see up to a 15-degree difference when it comes to the Twin 20-inch system compared to wider 30-inch rows.

    Other advantages of an early canopy in corn include light interception and erosion control. An early canopy keeps sunlight where it matters the most — on a corn plant’s leaves. This enables the plant to maximize every ray of sunlight and drop of rain during the critical late spring and early summer growing season. And one of the lesser-known benefits of the HP Twin 20 planting system’s early canopy is erosion control. When a raindrop hits the soil directly, soil particles bubble up and can be carried away. That’s not as likely to happen when raindrops first hit a thick canopy of corn leaves. The Stine HP Twin 20 planting system helps prevent channels of water running down rows, which means the soil particles stay put.

    To learn more about the benefits of the Stine HP Twin 20 planting system, visit our website or talk to your local Stine sales rep.

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    Stine® 27RI02 Brand Soybeans

    October 09, 2017

    Posted by Stine Seed in Products

    New to our soybean lineup in 2017, Stine® 27RI02 brand soybeans have already proven to be an outstanding variety for growers in certain regions of the Corn Belt. Recently, Stine ISR Ryan Schneider took a ride through a Stine 27RI02 brand soybean field with Stine dealer Ryan Frank. Impressive yield numbers came across the monitor, ranging from 81 all the way to 104 dry bushels per acre. Although the field had a couple of sandy portions, which brought the average down a bit, the whole field average was a respectable 70 bushels per acre.

    Outstanding yield performance isn’t the only thing that drove growers to choose this variety. Stine 27RI02 brand soybeans also boast an excellent disease package, with very good resistance to Phytophthora Root Rot, brown stem rot, stem canker, iron deficiency chlorosis and sudden death syndrome, to name a few. This 2.7-maturity variety has a medium plant height with very good emergence and standability. And Stine 27RI02 yielded an outstanding 104.4 percent of trial average in Stine’s Elite Yield Trials.

    To learn more about Stine 27RI02 brand soybeans, talk to your Stine regional sales agronomist or view our 2018 seed catalog.

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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.