ASK THE AGRONOMIST BLOG

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. 

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    Look To Stine’s Conventional Corn For Big Profits in 2018

    January 03, 2018

    Posted by Stine Seed in Products

    Genetics are the cornerstone of any high-yielding corn seed. While traits should never be an afterthought, remember that elite germplasm is what really drives yield. Stine® is home to one of the most prolific, highest-yielding corn breeding programs in the world; our Elite Yield Trials evaluate tens of thousands of lines to deliver more consistent, high-yielding corn genetics to growers’ fields faster than ever, including our lineup of conventional seed corn. In fact, since all of Stine’s corn inbreds begin as conventional, that means that our conventional seed corn represents the newest, highest-yielding corn genetics that Stine has to offer.

    Stine is excited to offer some very promising new conventional lines for 2018, as well as conventional versions of some of Stine’s most trusted genetics. Some of those conventional lines are designated HP Corn®, which means that they are built to provide maximum returns when planted at higher populations. Stine genetics are known for excellent standability, strong performance in various soil types and environments, good stress tolerance in variable field conditions, excellent drydown for earlier harvest and the ability to thrive in different row configurations.

    If managing weeds in conventional corn is weighing on your mind, the good news is there are plenty of alternatives. Pre-emerge products such as Dual II Magnum®, AAtrex® and Callisto® can be used as a burndown in no-till systems and as post-plant prior to emergence. Post-emerge products such as Steadfast® Q and Callisto® + Atrazine can help control grasses and broadleaves through harvest. If pest pressure becomes a concern, there are also a number of post-emerge products to help control pests like European corn borer, western bean cutworm and corn earworm, as well as provide moderate control of corn rootworm. Products such as Capture® LFR®, Lorsban® 15G and SmartChoice® offer below-ground protection when properly applied; and Baythroid® XL, Lorsban® and Warrior II offer above-ground protection (early and late). Remember to always consult the label for local restrictions, crop height restrictions and pre-harvest intervals prior to use of these products.

    If you are interested in learning more about Stine’s powerful lineup of conventional corn genetics and best management practices for producing higher yields, work with your local Stine independent sales representative or regional sales agronomist to help choose the right corn seed for your farm.

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    A Year in Review

    December 27, 2017

    Posted by Stine Seed in Stine News

    The clock is ticking, and 2018 is only days away. While we’re excited what the new year will bring, it’s important for us to reflect on the past year to determine our greatest successes and lessons learned.

    Stine® LibertyLink® soybeans are leading the field. Stine LibertyLink soybeans accounted for three quarters of our soybean sales volume this year — a true testament to the power of Stine’s high-yielding genetics and the LibertyLink trait package. Growers across the country have confirmed that Stine LibertyLink soybeans produce clean fields and more bushels per acre. We anticipate this trend to continue in 2018.

    Growers are making room for Stine GT 27 soybeans. One of our newer trait packages, Stine GT 27 soybeans has already proven successful in our lineup. A number of Stine growers who planted Stine GT 27 saw consistent yield gains between five and 10 percent. Many even mentioned how well Stine GT 27 worked on their tougher grounds.

    Stine Agrisure® trait corn continues to impress. Some of our top-selling corn hybrids came out of our Stine Agrisure lineup this year. From herbicide flexibility and season-long insect protection to high yields, Stine Agrisure trait corn will continue to perform in 2018. We look forward to offering an even larger selection of Agrisure trait corn in the new year.

    A shift in thinking. Through the successful launch of Stine’s one-of-a-kind Grower Alliance Program, more growers are shifting their way of thinking to seed cost per acre rather than by bag. Through the program, growers can pay an acre-based membership fee and then are eligible to purchase corn and soybean seed on a discounted price schedule. This allows growers to think about seed on a per acre basis, rather than a per bag basis.

    To learn more about Stine’s Grower Alliance Program or our 2018 lineup up of high-yielding corn and soybean seed, reach out to your local Stine sales representative or visit our website.

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    Stine® Agronomists Offer Agronomy Tips to Consider This Holiday Season

    December 20, 2017

    Posted by Stine Seed in Stine News

    With the holidays around the corner, we would like to thank all of our customers for an outstanding year. As a token of our appreciation, Stine’s regional sales agronomists have compiled a list of their top agronomy tips to help you prepare for next growing season. Enjoy, and happy holidays!  

    Todd Schomburg, Region 4 
    Just because a certain hybrid or variety was your top yielder in 2017 doesn't mean it will be in 2018. Make sure to check as much multi-year and multi-location data as possible when selecting next year's hybrids and varieties.

    Mike Eckels, Region 8 
    My number one piece of advice would be to make sure and put a pre down in front of your corn and beans for 2018.

    Bill Kessinger, Region 16
    My number one piece of advice — with all the weather issues and current state of the ag economy, do not make an emotionally charged decision. Take time to think about and fully understand all aspects of what is going on before you make a final decision for your operation. As George Washington once said, “Decision making, like coffee, needs a cooling process.”

    Tony Pleggenkuhle, Region 10 
    Buy Stine.

    Doug Score, Region 17
    My piece of advice is to invest in surface and tile drainage to ensure the correct air, water and soil mix for higher yields in 2018.

    Scott Wagner, Region 15
    With tight margins and growing cost, it is very important when making your 2018 seed decisions that you choose the right traits and herbicide program that best fits your farm. Knowing how to attack the weed, insect and disease pressure the most cost-effective way without giving up yield will be the most important decision for 2018.

    Darrin Petty, Region 20 
    Soybeans: Do what is best for your farming operation when it comes to choosing trait platforms. If there are a lot of unanswered questions out there on a trait or a chemistry, then I would choose wisely and not “just plant it because my neighbor is.” Contact a Stine representative who can inform you on ALL of the traits.

    Corn: Look at yield, plant health and, most importantly, your return on investment.

    John Furlong, Region 7 
    Make decisions based on profitability, not just on cutting costs.

    Kevin Ryan, Region 14 
    My number one piece of advice would be to know your soil. Realistic yield goals should be determined by knowing your soil and their soil test results. Both nutrient levels and ph, along with Cation Exchange Capacity, can easily be determined by soil test results. I recommend soil testing all fields at least every four years if not more often. Nutrient levels are one of the factors growers can influence and control in crop production today. The more you know, the more realistic your yield goals can be for all of your fields.

    Jason Green, Region 18
    My one piece of advice would be to seek knowledge and to try new ideas and techniques to increase your ROI.

    Katie Lorenz,Region 2
    With 2017 coming to an end and 2018 upon us, it is important to reflect on what you did in the past year to make your farm more profitable for the years to come. Take time by the fire on these cold winter nights to study data that you were too busy to look at during harvest. This can be hybrid and variety locations, inputs used, weather contributions and, most importantly, yield! 

    Justin Oden, Region 1
    I strongly recommend when growers are making their final seed decisions that they really take a look at their actual ROI and cost per acre. It’s so easy to get fixated on yields, but we really need to be wise and look at the whole picture and all factors to get the largest ROI possible.

    Tony Lenz, Region 3
    Looking ahead to 2018, we want you to know that with Stine you still have the “freedom to farm the way you want” and have options. You can plant what you want and pay an economical price for that product. Whether it’s Stine LibertyLink® or Stine GT 27 soybeans or conventional corn or Stine Agrisure® hybrids, we have the products to fit your operation and that will help you save on input cost at the same time.