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. 

  • Tricks of the Trade: Lessons Learned from 2014 HP Corn Harvest Lead Way for Future Yield Gains
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    Tricks of the Trade: Lessons Learned from 2014 HP Corn Harvest Lead Way for Future Yield Gains

    March 10, 2015

    Posted by Brian Hartman in High-Population Corn

    Every year, our high-population corn research reveals something new. In 2014, we garnered some excellent insights that will guide us in our 2015 research. If you’re also planning to shift to higher-population planting, follow these tips to make the most of your acres:

    Plant early — Delayed planting results in bigger plants and requires a lower-population hybrid. The more delayed you become, adjust populations down accordingly.

    Check soil drainage — Water-logged or poorly drained soils will be short of oxygen. When either oxygen or water is the limiting factor in corn production, a lower population is needed.

    Choose the right hybrid — Stine is developing hybrids specifically suited for high-population planting. They are shorter than traditional hybrids and have leaves that grow upright to catch more sunlight. These hybrids also feature compact structures that produce outstanding roots and stalks, ensuring a sturdier plant, which in turn helps it thrive in higher populations.

    Check for adequate nutrients — Medium to high levels of phosphorus and potassium with the appropriate amount of nitrogen and sulfur applied at the proper time is essential. Most of this needs to be applied during the growing season as a sidedress or over the top application and must include the sulfur.

    Consider planting range — On highly productive soils, for example, plant in the 41,000 to 51,000 range, with the high end of the range restricted to the newest short hybrids.

    Harvest early to maximize gains — Getting the crop out in a timely fashion will help minimize weather-related harvest issues.

    Assuming optimum weather and field conditions, we expect following these protocols will result in yield gains, including an increase of three to nine percent by making the switch to narrow rows with a more equal planting distance. Additionally, selecting the right hybrid for your field — and with the right genetics for high-density planting — could mean a five to 12 percent yield increase. And ensuring your soil has the proper nutrients, as well as timely nitrogen applications, may result in a 10 to 20 percent yield boost.

    At Stine, we believe that high-density corn production will lead the way to consistently averaging 300 bushels per acre or more year after year. Contact your local Stine Seed dealer or agronomist to get started on your yield of dreams. 

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    Schools Benefit from Program to Help Grow Farming Communities

    March 04, 2015

    Posted by Stine Seed in Stine News

    Stine team members pride themselves on being part of the fabric of the communities they serve, and so it was a great honor recently for Stine RSAs and DSMs to participate in check presentations to two deserving schools as part of Monsanto Fund’s America’s Farmers Grow Communities program. The program, which launched in 2010, engages farmers in entering to win a $2,500 donation for their favorite community nonprofit organization, such as 4-H, FFA, schools, fire departments and other civic groups. One winner is selected in each of 1,324 eligible counties in 40 states.

    Stine RSA Dustin Ellis and DSM Jamie Bowlin (pictured) helped deliver a $2,500 check to Central Decatur High School FFA, courtesy of local farmer Noah Yoder. Noah was the program winner in Decatur County, Iowa, and chose the FFA to receive the funds. Noah's son and daughter-in-law, Andrew and Nicole Yoder, are Stine dealers in the area.

    In Brussels, Illinois, Stine RSA Gary Niemeier and DSM Cody Kiel were on hand for a check presentation to the Brussels elementary school. The Noltes from Calhoun County, Illinois, were selected to win the $2,500 check, which they then donated to the school for a new playground equipment fund. 

    On behalf of the entire Stine team, warm congratulations to all the winners and their favorite nonprofit organizations. We’re proud to have dealers and growers that are passionate about serving their communities.

    To learn more about the America’s Farmers Grow Communities program, visit

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    Stine's 2015 Lineup

    February 05, 2015

    Posted by Bill Kessinger in Products

    From the largest soybean lineup in the industry to corn hybrids suitable for higher populations, Stine offers variety.