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  • Plant 16 Progress Report (Part 1)
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    Plant 16 Progress Report (Part 1)

    May 06, 2016

    Posted by Stine Seed in Planting

    USDA’s National Agricultural Statistics Service reports that as of May 1, 45 percent of corn is planted and eight percent of soybeans are in the ground. This comes from data compiled from 18 states, which represented 93 percent of corn acres and 95 percent of soybean acres in 2015.

    While Plant 16 appears to be ahead of schedule, a week of wet weather across the Midwest at the end of April resulted in a slowdown for some growers. Here’s what a few Stine RSAs say about progress in their regions:

    Region 1 — RSA Justin Oden (Central Minnesota/West Central Wisconsin)

    Really warm weather early on had farmers in the field earlier than normal this spring, but they were halted when the weather turned cold and wet for nearly a week. With the cold temperatures and rain, soil temperatures remain below desired conditions for planting. Growers in Region 1 have done a good job this week waiting for fields to dry out before jumping back in the tractor. Those who are patient and wait for the soil to dry are less likely to see issues such as sidewall compaction.

    Region 4 — RSA Todd Schomburg (Northwest/North Central Iowa)

    In the southern part of Region 4, about 90 percent of corn has been planted with less than five percent of soybeans in the ground. As you move north and west in Region 4, the percentages drop with around 50 percent of corn planted and no soybeans in as of the beginning of May.

    Region 14 — RSA Kevin Ryan (Mid-South Delta)

    Even though it rained for nearly a week, planting progress is probably ahead of the yearly average in Region 14. Corn is 95 percent planted, including replants from excess water damage (flooding) or frost from early planting. Soybeans are varied across the region, ranging from 10–50 percent planted. There are a lot of soybeans yet to be planted, and growers are ready to go as soon as it dries up. We’ve seen some cutworms in soybeans, which is surprising. The corn that isn’t under water is looking really good.

    Region 16 — RSA Bill Kessinger (North Central Indiana, Southwestern Indiana, Northwestern Ohio)

    We’ve been off to a good start in Region 16. Many areas had a big week of planting a few weeks ago and planted a lot of corn and some soybeans. It has been rainy and cooler since, but no major storms have dumped a lot of rain. We are in fairly good shape so far. I would say 70 percent of corn is planted and 20 percent of soybeans are planted in Region 16. The long-range forecast looks good for about another week.



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    April 29, 2016

    Posted by Bill Kessinger in Products

    Every grower has their favorite corn hybrid — a hybrid they keep coming back to year after year. Even Stine agronomists have their own favorites they recommend to their grower customers to help them achieve maximum yields and per-acre profits. For RSA Bill Kessinger, one that tops his list happens to be our original HP Corn® hybrid — Stine R9733EVT3PRO.

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    Farmers: Stewards of the Land

    April 22, 2016

    Posted by Stine Seed in Crop Management

    As we celebrate Earth Day, we are reminded how important it is to protect our environment. But for farmers, every day is Earth Day, as Earth carries a farmer’s most precious commodity — soil.

    A healthy crop relies on soil for many things — nutrients, hydration, stability and growth — so it’s imperative that farmers take care of the land not only for the benefit of their crops, but also for future generations as many hope to pass the farm down to their children. From cover crops to crop rotation and buffer strips to no till fields, farmers work day in and day out to keep the land they work fertile and healthy.

    Many every day farming practices that help protect the environment are often overlooked. This is why it’s important to spread the message about best agriculture practices. One way some Stine employees do this is through the CropLife Ambassador Network.

    The CropLife Ambassador Network is an outreach program designed to educate grade-school students about the importance of American agriculture. CropLife Ambassador Network volunteers visit classrooms and provide presentations to students on a variety of agricultural topics, including how farmers serve as stewards of the land.

    To young students who are several generations removed from the farm, this is an excellent opportunity to show them how growers work to protect the environment. Teaching them at such a young age helps ensure they carry this message throughout their lives, sharing what they learn with their parents and friends to expand the reach of the message.

    We are grateful to have employees involved in such a worthwhile cause. And today at Stine, we celebrate all farmers who work tirelessly to serve as stewards of the land they work.

    For more information on the CropLife Ambassador Network, visit