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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    The Stine FieldMax Seed Corn Harvesting System

    August 10, 2017

    Posted by Stine Seed in Technology

    Stine has developed a unique way to improve seed corn production. Stine’s one-of-a-kind, internally designed and custom-built FieldMax Seed Corn Harvesting System was designed to minimize handling, reduce waste and increase harvest efficiency on the Stine Seed Farm in Adel, Iowa. This innovative system allows Stine to perform in the field many of the tasks that would typically be done in a seed corn production facility. Stine currently possesses four of these corn pickers based on the John Deere 9800-series platform, along with one that is a slightly smaller harvester built on the John Deere 9600-series platform.

    So, how does it work? As the seed corn is picked, the ears travel their way up the main belt and come across the splitter belt and then on to one of two husking beds to get the husks removed. From there, the corn then travels to the upper deck to be sorted for purity; anything unhusked will then be sent through a return. Good ears get off-loaded into the white storage boxes pulled alongside. This ultimately reduces grain handling and preserves the grain quality, but the efficiency doesn’t stop there.

    After the seed comes off the FieldMax Seed Corn Harvester, it is directly loaded into drying boxes where it will be hauled into drying stations. Each drying station holds four boxes, and all boxes hold 125 bushels of wet ear corn. Every station is anchored by a large fan, which pushes air through the four boxes of corn, taking about two to three days to get a box of corn dry enough to be processed. Stine’s system dries small batches, which allows us to use a relatively high volume of air and low amount of heat. This preserves the grain and yield quality of Stine seed corn after harvest.

    Agriculture technology is constantly evolving, and Stine prides itself on leading the industry with innovation such as the Stine FieldMax Seed Corn Harvesting System. Learn more about the system in this video:

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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.