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    Harvest Prep 101: Scout for Corn Standability

    September 14, 2015

    Posted by Bill Kessinger in Harvest

    With harvest around the corner, it’s time to start walking corn fields to look for standability issues. With the wet planting and growing seasons, corn plants are more prone to nitrogen loss — especially during the grain fill period — leading to cannibalization in some plants. Essentially, if the plant lacks nutrients, it begins taking the nutrients from areas of the plant such as the stalk and the leaves and then transfers those remaining nutrients to the ear to promote grain fill. And, as growers already know, when the nutrients are swept away to the ear, you lose stalk integrity and increase the potential for lodging in your corn fields.

    Stine corn generally has very good stalk strength with traits that encourage standability and disease control. However, if your fields have been under increased stress this season, here are some recommendations to prepare for harvest.


    Walk your fields — don’t just drive by. Standability and stalk rot issues may not be immediately visible. Walk your fields so that you can scan every acre for moisture and stalk stressors.

    Perform the “pinch test.” Pinch the stalk at a point below your knee. If you can squeeze the stalk together and it’s soft, the plant may have a disease or it could be cannibalizing itself.

    Harvest early if necessary. If a section of your field is experiencing cannibalization or stalk rot, harvest that section before lodging becomes an issue. You save yield when you don’t have downed corn.

    Contact your regional sales agronomist to discuss Stine hybrid options for next season. With industry-leading genetics and a variety of trait packages, Stine hybrids offer outstanding standability, resulting in superior yields.

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    Clay County Fair

    September 10, 2015

    Posted by Todd Schomburg in Stine News

    The Clay County Fair in Spencer, Iowa, is two days away. RSA Todd Schomburg explains why you should stop by Stine’s booth in the Industrial Building.

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    Pigweed Problems This Year Indicate Bigger Problem Next Year

    August 28, 2015

    Posted by Kevin Ryan in Crop Management

    From Arkansas and Mississippi to Tennessee, Mid-South soybean growers are hearing a lot of talk about PPO-resistant pigweeds. Several reports have come in this summer that the pesky weed, which also shows resistance to glyphosate, has popped up in fields where PPO (Group 14-cell membrane disruptors) chemistries have been applied. Common herbicides used post emergence in the Mid-South include Flexstar, Reflex, Ultra Blazer, Cadet, Cobra, Aim and Resource.

    Pigweed is tough to conquer and, now that it’s showing resistance to PPO, alternative modes of action are a must. Chances are if you have PPO-resistant pigweed in your fields this year, it will be showing up in your fields next year.

    While it may be too late to fight the areas impacted this season, take note for next year. Call your regional sales agronomist to start talking about the different varieties available to combat PPO-resistant weeds, and thoroughly educate yourself on these options. Whether you move to LibertyLink or another variety, a change up will likely be necessary to ensure PPO-resistant pigweed doesn’t rob your soybean fields of yield in the coming years.