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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    Switching to LibertyLink® Soybeans

    January 17, 2017

    Posted by Chad Kuehl in Products

    It’s no secret that glyphosate-resistant weeds are becoming more problematic across the country. In my region, which covers southern Nebraska, southwestern Iowa and northeastern Colorado, I’ve witnessed the struggles with resistant waterhemp, marestail and palmer amaranth creeping up from the South. Weeds become more difficult to kill off each year, and that’s why a number of growers are turning to the LibertyLink®  system to help tackle glyphosate-resistant weeds.

    In 2015, 27 percent of Stine® growers in my region planted Stine LibertyLink soybeans. In 2016, that number grew to 47 percent and is set to exceed that percentage in 2017. The LibertyLink system, with Liberty®  herbicide and the LibertyLink trait, is the only nonselective soybean weed control alternative to glyphosate-tolerant systems currently on the market.

    For growers who remain hesitant to switch to Stine LibertyLink soybeans in 2017, I understand that committing to a whole new mode of action may seem tedious, but consider this:

    • There is no documented weed resistance to Liberty worldwide. In fact, Liberty herbicide controls more than 120 broadleaf weeds and grasses, including ALS- and glyphosate-resistant weeds.
    • Even in instances where glyphosate is still effective, Liberty herbicide and the LibertyLink trait provide an excellent way for growers to rotate nonselective herbicides to help control weed resistance and maintain the effectiveness of herbicide-tolerant technologies.
    • Many growers in my region have been successful with the system and have done well tackling weeds with only one pass of pre- and one round of post with Liberty, making the system more cost effective for growers who were concerned about the potential for additional costly post-emergence applications.
    • With Stine LibertyLink soybeans, growers not only have outstanding crop safety through built-in tolerance to Liberty herbicide, but they also benefit from high-yielding genetics.
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    Stine 9538-20 Brand Corn

    January 09, 2017

    Posted by Stine Seed in Products

    Stine® 9538-20 brand corn had a big year in 2016. It won the 2016 Wisconsin Corn Growers Association Corn Yield Contest thanks to Stine grower and Wisconsin Soybean Association President Brad Kremer. Brad’s Stine 9538-20 brand corn field, planted at 45,000 plants per acre in 15-inch rows, was certified at 303 bushels per acre — a true testament that Stine HP Corn® has yield.

    Why is it that Stine 9538-20 brand corn outperformed its competitors? In addition to possessing high-yielding genetics specifically suited for high-population environments, Stine 9538-20 brand corn is an early pollinator, which means that it flowers early and has an extended pollen shed period which helps with pollination and grain fill. Stine 9538-20 brand corn also features superior roots and stalks that give the plant extra strength for standability in higher populations.  

    Stine 9538-20 brand corn features the Agrisure Viptera® 3110 trait stack, providing season-long control of above-ground insects, such as the European corn borer, corn earworm and the common stalk borer, and includes herbicide flexibility with both glyphosate and glufosinate tolerance.

    For more information on Stine 9538-20 brand corn, contact your local Stine sales representative or seed dealer or visit our website.

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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