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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    Why Stine is Unique

    November 18, 2016

    Posted by Darrin Petty in Products

    As 2017 draws near and seed selection for the next planting season weighs on growers’ minds, it’s important to remember where the seed comes from. At Stine, we take pride in our status as one of the most respected corn and soybean companies in the industry. Our breeding programs are renowned for their excellence, and we stand behind every bag of seed with confidence because we know how much research, time and energy went into producing it. We stand by our seed just like we stand by our grower customers and their paths to higher yields. This is what makes Stine unique.

     

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    Reflect on Weed Control After Harvest

    November 07, 2016

    Posted by Tony Lenz in Harvest

    I hope everyone reading this has either finished harvesting or is close to finishing, and that you’ve had a safe and successful season.

    Now that your memory is fresh on how clean your fields were at harvest, it’s a good time to re-evaluate your weed management practices. You’ve monitored your weed control performance all summer, but when weeds such as marestail, kochia, waterhemp and giant ragweed run through your combine, the seeds spread, and you witness firsthand what you are putting back into your field for the coming years.

    Every weed left in your field is something you will deal with next year and beyond, so if you were not happy with weed control this year, it may be time to look into alternative programs for 2017.

    This fall, Stine® LibertyLink® soybeans, combined with Liberty® herbicide treatments, have produced great yields with very good weed control. Many producers had success applying a pre-plant or pre-emerge herbicide in spring and then coming back with 28–32 ounces of Liberty with 3–4 pounds of AMS. Spraying with at least 40 PSI and around 20 gallons per acre during the warmer parts of the day also ensure great weed control performance with the Liberty system. LibertyLink products, such as Stine 13LH62, 17LH62, 23LF32 and 26LH02 brand soybeans, have been outstanding performers in my region, and we’ll have more varieties to choose from in 2017.

    For growers who struggled with corn herbicide performance this year, many of our Stine corn hybrids have the option to be sprayed with either glyphosate or glufosinate (Liberty). Stine SmartStax® corn and Agrisure Viptera® dash 20 hybrids can be sprayed with either chemistry.

    However, the best way to manage weeds is through crop rotation and using different modes of action as often as possible. Make use of pre-herbicides and burndowns in the fall for perennial weeds, or tackle weeds early in the spring with burndown applications. This is especially important in no-till situations. It’s also important to manage the weeds when they are small. Use the proper herbicide rates, and make sure that if weeds are resistant, you look to alternative options such as Stine LibertyLink soybeans. There are many new options coming down the pipeline, but we know that LibertyLink soybeans have proven yields and great weed control against glyphosate-resistant weeds.

    Use this time wisely to reflect on your weed control efforts in 2016 to help manage your acres in 2017. And remember, if you have questions about weed control or our 2017 product lineup, please reach out to your local Stine sales representative.  

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    Get in the Habit of Fall Soil Sampling

    November 01, 2016

    Posted by Katie Lorenz in Crop Management

    Our corn and soybean plants depend on the soil to provide adequate nutrients to grow and provide maximum yield. As growers and agronomists, we must manage that soil balance to maximize growth and profitability. This is why one of the best crop management practices we can do is soil sampling. Soil tests are inexpensive and measure the pH and nutrient components of your soil. Having this information is beneficial for making economical and environmentally responsible nutrient and fertilizer application decisions. The first step to a successful 2017 begins with testing your soil now.

    Although many nutrients, such as phosphorous and potassium, can be tested at any time of the year, we also need to take a close look at pH and buffer pH. Fall sampling allows you to do this and to reflect on the previous season while it’s still fresh on the mind to address any shortfalls you may have had. Keep in mind that you do not want your fall test values to fall short of mid-range. If they do, this could indicate that your nutrient levels have been completely depleted.

    Most importantly, sampling in the fall will give you dryer and better weather conditions as well as ample time to process and make your nutrient application decisions. Heavy spreader trucks in the spring increase compaction and shorten your window of application opportunities. Moving forward, whether you sample in the spring or fall, the main takeaway is to sample when you have time to do a good job and to make sure you do it at the same time every year to maximize your consistency.

    The reliability of a soil test is only as good as the sample you submit. Some helpful tips include:

    • Use a grid/zig-zag pattern, draw a map and label where your samples were taken.
    • 10–15 cores per sample for every 2.5 acres.
    • As far as depth is concerned, use 6–8 inches in tilled soil and 3–4 inches in no-tilled ground.