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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    New Soybean Technologies Will Give Growers More Choice

    December 18, 2012

    Posted by Brian Hartman in Technology

    A delegation from Stine attended the American Seed Trade Association (ASTA) convention in Chicago in early December, where much discussion focused on new soybean technologies that will be available in the coming years. Stine is already committed to licensing these technologies, which will give growers additional weed control options packaged in premium, high-yielding genetics.

     The new technologies include:

    • Enlist E3 Soybeans, another offering in the Enlist Weed Control System portfolio. Enlist E3 will feature three herbicide tolerant genes stacked together, including a new 2, 4-D choline, glyphosate and glufosinate. Growers will be able to spray Enlist Duo herbicide with Colex-D Technology over the top of Enlist soybeans, which has minimized potential for drift and near-zero volatility. Pending regulatory approval, E3 Soybeans are expected to be available in 2015.
    • FG72 Soybeans pair high-yielding elite genetics with a double herbicide tolerant trait stack providing tolerance to glyphosate and isoxaflutole, which is the active ingredient in Bayer’s Balance Bean herbicide. Both glyphosate and isoxaflutole are non-volatile chemistries that will not affect adjacent crops. Pending regulatory approval, FG72 soybeans are expected to be available in 2015. FG72 is the current working name for the soybeans. An official brand announcement will be made in late winter 2013.
    • The Roundup Ready Xtend crop system,when approved, will feature the industry’s first soybean with tolerance to glyphosate and a reformulated low-volatility dicamba. Developed by Monsanto, the product is expected to be released in 2014.

    As more information about these new weed control solutions becomes available, Stine will work to help growers understand their benefits, and best practices for preserving the effectiveness of glyphosate, like rotating chemistries and crops. Watch for more information on this blog and on Facebook and Twitter

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    How to Use Plot Information for Maximum Value

    August 27, 2012

    Posted by Brian Hartman in Crop Management

    In a year like we are experiencing, it is important to keep in mind what makes valuable plot information. It is easy to take the results from your local plot and make your purchasing decisions for the following year. This, however, is old school mentality and I strongly discourage anybody from doing just that. There are too many variables in our environment to rely on just a couple of local plots. After all, it is impossible to predict what next year will bring. 

    I do encourage looking at multiple location data to help show the true potential of a corn hybrid or a soybean variety.  Reviewing multiple plots and summaries helps reduce the risk on your farm by exposing corn or soybean products in different environments. All of us have witnessed situations where simple product placement in an individual plot can have a dramatic effect.  Insect pressure, compaction, soil types, disease and placement of a taller hybrid next to a shorter hybrid are sure to have a negative effect. For this reason, our research plots are all replicated in the same field and have multiple locations throughout the Corn Belt. 

    With all these different reasons to depend on multiple plots for information, I am pleasantly pleased with the early results we are getting from the field. For example, Stine 9732VT3Pro is topping out plots and side-by-sides in both low- and high-yield environments from Arkansas to Kansas. To get more information on Stine high-yielding corn and soybean products, please take the time to get with your Stine District Sales Manager and Stine Regional Sales Agronomist. These are the people who get a firsthand look at Stine hybrids, along with competitive products in the industry, and know how to place them on your farm for maximum yield potential.