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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    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.

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    Stine Agronomists Agree — Weed Management Program a Must this Planting Season

    February 14, 2017

    Posted by Stine Seed in Crop Management

    Whether you’re considering burndown, pre-emerge or post-emerge applications, one thing is certain — growers need to implement a full weed management program to protect their yields from weed competition this spring.

    Different weeds have different photosynthetic processes and can be more problematic early in the growing season or closer to late summer. You need to understand the weeds that pose the greatest threat to your yields and their germination cycles before you can develop an efficient weed management program. For example, one single female waterhemp plant can produce up to a million seeds, and each seed can remain active in the soil for several years. And while waterhemp can pop up at any given time, it’s more prevalent during late growing season. Giant ragweed can be difficult to control because of its ability to survive in many different environments, including roadsides and flood plains, which makes the plant and its seed extremely volatile. Giant ragweed is also one of the earlier weeds, emerging in March in many areas of the Corn Belt.

    No matter the region, herbicide-resistant weeds and grasses can wreak havoc on your corn and soybean acres, which is why all growers need to implement a weed control program this year. Stine RSAs John Furlong and Jason Green have some advice to consider:

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    “No matter what you use, you need to use a pre- with a different mode of action because no one chemical is going to get every weed.”

    Pre-emergence herbicides play a vital role in weed control. They protect your acres during the critical period after planting, and some often offer residual control to maintain that control post-emergence.

    RSA Jason Greene

    “With weeds like waterhemp, marestail and palmer amaranth, applying a heavy dose of pre-emergence herbicide is a fantastic idea. Stine also has ways to battle glyphosate resistance with products such as LibertyLink® soybeans. And now with Balance GT coming around in the future, we’ll have another product in our toolbox to fight those weeds.”

    Using multiple effective modes of action within the same growing season is an excellent way to outsmart weeds. Studies confirm that the more growers rely heavily on just one herbicide mode of action, the more herbicide-resistant weeds sprout from its overuse. Consider a pre-emergence herbicide with residual capabilities and apply a post-emergence application before the weeds reach four inches. Consider a burndown application on fields where early-emerging weeds have posed a problem in the past so that you can tackle the weeds before they fully germinate. RSA Jason Green offers more tips here.

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    Stine LibertyLink for Weed Control

    February 10, 2017

    Posted by Tony Lenz in Products

    From Nebraska to South Dakota to southern Minnesota and beyond, herbicide-resistant weeds are becoming more problematic each year. RSA Tony Lenz is finding great success with Stine® LibertyLink® soybeans in his region, especially when growers implement proper management practices with the product.

    Start the path to cleaner fields this planting season. Choose Stine LibertyLink soybeans in 2017