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    Balance™ GT Soybeans Receive Chinese Approval

    February 08, 2017

    Posted by Stine Seed in Products

    Developed by MS Technologies™ and Bayer, the Balance GT Soybean Performance System offers soybean growers high-yielding, elite genetics coupled with a double herbicide-tolerant trait that will confer tolerance to glyphosate and isoxaflutole — the active ingredient in the new Balance® Bean herbicide. Balance™ GT will help combat a broad spectrum of grasses and broadleaves, including glyphosate-, triazine-, PPO and ALS-resistant weeds. Growers will also enjoy the long-lasting residual control provided by Balance® Bean, as well as its unique reactivation technology which will help effectively control target weeds through canopy closure.

    Balance™ GT recently received trait approval from China — the last major import approval needed for Balance™ GT soybeans. This announcement brings the system one step closer to commercialization; however, the full system will not be immediately available until the required regulatory approvals have been received for Balance® Bean herbicide. 

    Once full approval is granted for the Balance™ GT Soybean Performance System, Stine looks forward to offering Balance™ GT soybeans to growers throughout the United States.

    “At Stine, we’re committed to giving growers choices for their operations. Balance™ GT soybeans will be a great addition to our soybean lineup,” notes David Thompson, national sales and marketing director for Stine. “It represents a forward-thinking solution, packaged in high-yielding, elite genetics. This is a positive step forward for the soybean industry.”

    The Balance GT system will build upon many soybean growers’ current preferred glyphosate-based programs, offering growers choice for their acres with a simple and effective weed control product. When combined with Balance® Bean, the Balance™ GT Soybean Performance System offers growers a non-volatile, high-yielding option for better per-acre profits.

    To learn more about Balance GT, visit

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    HP Corn in 38-Inch Rows

    January 31, 2017

    Posted by Stine Seed in High-Population Corn

    Most corn hybrids do not possess the right genetics to thrive at significantly higher planting populations. That’s why Stine develops genetically unique corn hybrids that are able to withstand narrower rows and higher populations. Our HP Corn® hybrids feature genetics that create outstanding roots and stalks to help plants stay standing in higher populations and have leaves that grow upright to capture more sunlight.

    When most people think of Stine HP Corn, they think of narrow rows, such as 15-inch or twin 20-inch rows. However, at Stine, we are finding that our HP Corn hybrids also work well in wide row spacing. Growers in the mid-south delta region are finding success in 38-inch rows. Cotton is a top cash crop for many growers in this region, and most use 38- to 40-inch row spacing for optimum stand. Rather than purchasing a new planter or trying to reconfigure their current planter to adjust row spacing, it’s becoming common practice for this region to plant corn in 38-inch rows and even twin-row 38s.

    The key to the success of HP Corn in these wider configurations lies in the genetics.

    “Genetics in HP Corn are brand new to the industry. The shorter stature corn, better root systems of the plants and toughness of the stalks are nothing like I’ve seen over the past 20 years I’ve been working in this business,” notes Kevin Ryan, regional sales agronomist for Stine. “The yields we’re seeing from shorter corn, traited or conventional, in wider rows has been good or even better than other hybrids in this region.”

    In simple terms, more plants per acre equals more ears per acre which give us more yield per acre. The more common and older corn genetics simply don’t stand at harvest with increased populations. You may get the ears, but the stalks wouldn’t stay standing through harvest. Our new HP Corn hybrids are designed to handle higher populations and stand through harvest. In both 30- and 38-inch rows, increasing population with Stine HP Corn hybrids by a minimum of 10 percent and increasing both nitrogen and sulfur to match your yield goals, can give you the yield boost you need to increase your income per acre. We all know every field is different so talk to a Stine sales rep to determine if Stine HP Corn will fit your operation.

    For more information on HP Corn in 38-inch rows, contact RSA Kevin Ryan or your local Stine sales rep. To learn more about HP Corn, visit our website

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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.