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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    Stine® 9314-20 Brand Corn

    March 06, 2017

    Posted by Stine Seed in Products

    High yields aren’t hard to come by if you have the right genetics, trait packages, nutrient levels and crop management practices for each individual field. Growers across the country have good years where yields are high and profits are steady or flowing in. But it’s not every year that growers achieve something better than higher yield — they achieve outstanding yield.

    That’s just the kind of year Stine grower and Wisconsin Corn Growers Association Vice President Ben Augustine had in 2016. His Stine® 9314-20 brand corn field yielded a whopping 271 bushels per acre, proving that at the right population (45,000), the right row width (interplanted with a 30-inch row planter), the right management practices and the right genetics, outstanding yields are possible.

    Stine 9314-20 brand corn is an excellent choice for higher densities, which is why Ben trusted the product to perform in his field at a higher population in narrow-row spacing. Stine 9314-20 brand corn features excellent roots and stalks, which means standability is a major benefit with this product. And the Agrisure Viptera® 3110 trait means that Stine 9314-20 brand corn is glyphosate and glufosinate tolerant, offering growers season-long protection from resistant weeds and dual modes-of-action for above-ground insect protection.

    For more information on Stine 9314-20 brand corn, visit our website or reach out to your local Stine sales representative. From agronomics to disease resistance and performance data, we have the details you need to determine if Stine 9314-20 brand corn is the right fit for your acres in 2017.

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    Importance of Residual Herbicides

    February 27, 2017

    Posted by Dustin Ellis in Crop Management

    No matter what kind of soybean variety or corn hybrid you plant this season, your fields could greatly benefit from a pre-emergence herbicide with a residual. I always recommend growers put a residual product down, especially in front of soybeans. Residual herbicides help control tough weeds before they get too large and tough to eliminate. And with mid- to high fertilizer prices, why would you want to use available fertilizer to feed weeds in your fields?  Fortunately, the last few springs have been relatively wet, and the weeds didn’t have to compete for moisture in our fields. If this weather pattern changes, however, and we get an extremely dry spring, there’s a large chance these weeds will compete even more for available moisture and fertilizer.

    With just a little amount of rainfall, pre-emergence herbicides with residual reactivate to provide longer lasting control over a number of broadleaves and grasses, including waterhemp, lambsquarter, ragweed, kochia, palmer amaranth and velvetleaf. Combined with a residual, pre-emergence herbicides manage weeds as they germinate or newly emerge, which is the most vulnerable time for weeds.

    The earlier you can kill or stunt the growth of weeds, the less chance they have to over populate and challenge the crop for growing room and resources. It also makes it easier and more cost-effective when it comes time for a post-emergence applications, as the crops are allowed to canopy and shade out the remaining weeds. This may allow growers to make fewer applications or even eliminate the need for a post-emergence application depending on the success of the pre-emerge and residual.  

    For soybeans, I recommend applying full rates of pre-emerge herbicides 20 to 30 days before planting. Don’t start cutting rates, which gives the weeds a better chance of becoming resistant. 

    In corn, I recommend applying up to seven days before planting or before corn emerges to help kill and suppress the weeds from the very beginning. Then you can apply a post-emergence application — and probably less of it — to tackle any weeds that survived and have fully emerged.  

    There are a handful of pre-emergence herbicides available for both corn and soybeans, so make sure you do your research and read the labels before you get started.

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    Where in the World is Stine?

    February 21, 2017

    Posted by Stine Seed in Research

    If you guessed Adel, Iowa, you are correct! At least that’s where Stine headquarters is located, in addition to a nearby office in Dallas Center, Iowa. But as the tractors on Stine Seed Farm sit idle during the winter months, we’re still farming 365 days a year to bring growers the highest-yielding genetics and increased seed options for their farms. So where in the world is Stine during the winter months? Here’s a hint: you have to go down south, way down south. To keep our breeding program active year round, Stine has a fast generation corn and soybean breeding program in the South American country of Guyana.

    Once home to a Dutch plantation, Stine’s 120-acre farm in Guyana is nestled between lush rainforest on one side and savannah on the other. Here, Stine plants and harvests corn hybrids and soybean varieties year round, employing approximately 80 full- and part-time employees. Employees who work on the farm must use canoes to get back and forth to their homes as there are virtually no roads leading into the farm. Most visitors have to fly in on a puddle jumper airplane to reach the farm.

    So why Guyana? Why choose a location so remote and hard to access? The fast generation breeding program in Guyana started in 2004 after Harry Stine — founder and CEO of Stine — traveled around the globe looking for the best environment and circumstances for a fast generation breeding program. Because of the warm weather and sandy soil, researchers in Guyana can turn a crop in about 90 days, which totals four generations per year. Most of our competitors can accomplish only three generations per year in places like Hawaii, Argentina and Chile.

    With our fast generation breeding program in Guyana, Stine can move germplasm through the system faster. This means more rapid advancements, faster trait introgression and, ultimately, for our growers, priority access to the highest-yielding, elite genetics on the market.  

    To learn more about Stine’s fast generation breeding program, visit our website.