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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    Top Products for Silage

    January 03, 2017

    Posted by Stine Seed in Products

    Stine’s HP Corn® provides many benefits, including standability, an early canopy and more efficient use of each acre, but growers in Wisconsin and Minnesota are finding another advantage of HP Corn in narrow-row configurations — an increase in total digestible nutrients (TDNs) and tonnage for dairy silage and an increase in milk per ton.

    Dairy silage is a high-moisture feed mixture commonly made from the ears and stalk of a corn plant, and it is essential for milk production. TDNs and tonnage are both important components of silage because they supply the animal with digestible energy. An increase in tonnage per acre means more TDNs are available for consumption. The more TDNs a cow consumes, the more energy the cow has to produce milk, which results in higher milk per ton — an important measurement used to determine the performance of a hybrid for silage. Silage farmers need corn hybrids that will boost both TDNs and tonnage, which is why many growers are turning to Stine.

    Many of our Stine corn hybrids feature genetics that are specifically suited to withstand high-population environments. This allows growers to put in more plants per acre, resulting in more ears and stalks per acre and, ultimately, more tonnage and TDNs. Growers plant some 10–12,000 more plants per acre with a number of our hybrids in narrow-row configurations.

    Stine RSA Justin Oden has spent considerable time with growers and dairy farmers in his region and has witnessed firsthand the benefits of Stine hybrids, including HP Corn, for silage.

    “We’ve seen some great silage coming out of central Minnesota and northern Wisconsin these past few years with Stine hybrids. A lot of these growers came to us because they weren’t getting the results they needed from competitor hybrids. It was really affecting their bottom line when it came to milk per ton, which is what they get paid on,” notes Justin.

    To learn more about our 2017 corn lineup and Stine corn for silage applications, contact your local Stine sales representative. And for more information on Justin's top picks for dairy silage, visit the links below. 

    Stine® 9207GTCBLL Brand Corn

    Stine® 9202-G Brand Corn

    Stine® 9316-20 Brand Corn

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    High-Population Genetics

    December 19, 2016

    Posted by Aaron Stockton in High-Population Corn

    Considering Stine® HP Corn ®  for 2017? We’ve spent considerable time developing genetics that perform in and maximize yields when planted at increased populations. Our breeding program produces high-population hybrids that have not only superior standability, but also excellent disease resistance and plant health with less biomass for more efficient water and nutrient utilization.

    To learn more about Stine’s HP Corn, contact your local sales agronomist or visit our website.

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    Value of Stine Regional Sales Agronomists

    December 08, 2016

    Posted by Bill Kessinger in Stine News

    At Stine, we have a team of highly dedicated regional sales agronomists (RSAs) who make it their job to ensure growers reach their maximum yield potential each year. With support from their knowledgeable independent sales representatives, Stine RSAs have unique insight into the latest genetics and traits as they enter the market and a wealth of crop management knowledge to help make growers’ operations more profitable.