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  • We Give Thanks

    We Give Thanks

    November 22, 2016

    Posted by Stine Seed in Stine News

    At Stine, we have a lot to be thankful for. Outstanding employees and sales representatives, supportive families and good friends and, of course, our loyal customers who keep our operations running each year. Thank you for being a part of the Stine family. We wish everyone a safe and happy Thanksgiving!

    In honor of the holiday, we asked our regional sales agronomists to share with us what they’re most thankful for this year. Here’s what they had to say.

    John Furlong (Region 7): Family, friends and God are my blessings as I look forward to Thanksgiving. May their love and support be with me in the future.

    Scott Wagner (Region 15): I have a lot to be thankful for. I have an amazing and healthy family who is always there for me. I am very thankful to work for Stine Seed Company, which has given me the privilege of working with some of the best sales reps in the industry. I hope everyone has a wonderful Thanksgiving with family and friends.

    Tony Lenz (Region 3): I’m blessed with three great, healthy kids and a supportive wife of nearly 20 years.

    Bill Kessinger (Region 16): I am thankful for a very close relationship with my family, and I work with many farmers who also have tight family relationships. The strong family bond that continues to surround agriculture is what I’m thankful for.

    Justin Oden (Region 1): After some immediate family health issues, I’m thankful everyone is now doing much better and we all will get to spend the holidays together.

    Todd Schomburg (Region 4): I am very thankful for my family and friends. I am thankful for living in a country that gives us the freedom to be who we want to be and travel where we want to go. I am very thankful to be a part of Stine Seed, as well as all the great people I get to work with every day.

    Jason Green (Region 18): I am thankful that God has given me a healthy and loving family and that he allows me to work every day in the agriculture industry.

    Dustin Ellis (Region 6): I am most thankful that I live in a country where I can get up each and every day and enjoy all the freedoms of being an American. I am also very thankful for my family, the Stine sales reps that I work with each day and my position with Stine. It is truly a great world that we live in.

    Doug Score (Region 17): First of all, I’m thankful for my entire family, but especially my wife and kids who fill my life with happiness daily. Second, I’m blessed to be born in the greatest country in the world, a country with endless opportunities. Additionally, I enjoy working with various personalities as a Stine regional sales agronomist. Altogether, I feel we make an impact to move agriculture forward with innovative solutions to yield barriers.

    Darin Petty (Region 20): I am thankful for my family, friends, God and the opportunity to be a part of Stine.

    Katie Lorenz (Region 2): I am thankful for the wonderful people I get to work with every day at Stine. I’m fortunate to get to spend my day smiling with the people I work with and spend my evenings with the little people that make my heart full.

    Mike Eckels (Region 8): I’m thankful for my wife and the three kids she has given me, the opportunity to work for a great seed company and the sales reps that I have the opportunity to work with. And, of course, the new grandbaby that my wife and I are waiting to spoil!

    Luke Crawford (Region 12): I'm thankful for the opportunity to work with an awesome group of guys covering "God's country" in west central Illinois. 

    Aaron Stockton (Region 9): As I reflect on the past year, there are many things to be thankful for. I am first and foremost thankful for the countless blessings the Lord has showered upon me and my family. I am thankful for my wife and children and the opportunity to work for a company whose sole purpose is to help farmers move their operations forward. Whether it be row spacing or trait packages on corn hybrids, or herbicide and agronomic specifics on soybeans, being able to go to the American farmer with options and allow them to decide what is best for their farm is a true pleasure. Happy Thanksgiving!

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    Why Stine is Unique

    November 18, 2016

    Posted by Darrin Petty in Products

    As 2017 draws near and seed selection for the next planting season weighs on growers’ minds, it’s important to remember where the seed comes from. At Stine, we take pride in our status as one of the most respected corn and soybean companies in the industry. Our breeding programs are renowned for their excellence, and we stand behind every bag of seed with confidence because we know how much research, time and energy went into producing it. We stand by our seed just like we stand by our grower customers and their paths to higher yields. This is what makes Stine unique.


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    Reflect on Weed Control After Harvest

    November 07, 2016

    Posted by Tony Lenz in Harvest

    I hope everyone reading this has either finished harvesting or is close to finishing, and that you’ve had a safe and successful season.

    Now that your memory is fresh on how clean your fields were at harvest, it’s a good time to re-evaluate your weed management practices. You’ve monitored your weed control performance all summer, but when weeds such as marestail, kochia, waterhemp and giant ragweed run through your combine, the seeds spread, and you witness firsthand what you are putting back into your field for the coming years.

    Every weed left in your field is something you will deal with next year and beyond, so if you were not happy with weed control this year, it may be time to look into alternative programs for 2017.

    This fall, Stine® LibertyLink® soybeans, combined with Liberty® herbicide treatments, have produced great yields with very good weed control. Many producers had success applying a pre-plant or pre-emerge herbicide in spring and then coming back with 28–32 ounces of Liberty with 3–4 pounds of AMS. Spraying with at least 40 PSI and around 20 gallons per acre during the warmer parts of the day also ensure great weed control performance with the Liberty system. LibertyLink products, such as Stine 13LH62, 17LH62, 23LF32 and 26LH02 brand soybeans, have been outstanding performers in my region, and we’ll have more varieties to choose from in 2017.

    For growers who struggled with corn herbicide performance this year, many of our Stine corn hybrids have the option to be sprayed with either glyphosate or glufosinate (Liberty). Stine SmartStax® corn and Agrisure Viptera® dash 20 hybrids can be sprayed with either chemistry.

    However, the best way to manage weeds is through crop rotation and using different modes of action as often as possible. Make use of pre-herbicides and burndowns in the fall for perennial weeds, or tackle weeds early in the spring with burndown applications. This is especially important in no-till situations. It’s also important to manage the weeds when they are small. Use the proper herbicide rates, and make sure that if weeds are resistant, you look to alternative options such as Stine LibertyLink soybeans. There are many new options coming down the pipeline, but we know that LibertyLink soybeans have proven yields and great weed control against glyphosate-resistant weeds.

    Use this time wisely to reflect on your weed control efforts in 2016 to help manage your acres in 2017. And remember, if you have questions about weed control or our 2017 product lineup, please reach out to your local Stine sales representative.