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  • Take Final Notes Before the Combine Runs
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    Take Final Notes Before the Combine Runs

    September 16, 2014

    Posted by Bill Kessinger in Harvest

    As harvest time nears, now’s the perfect time to get in the field and take final notes before you start up the combine. Don’t rely solely on your yield monitor because though it may show you numbers, it won’t help you determine why things are looking the way they are. And you need to answer that question before you can make informed decisions for next year.

    So take a walk into your fields with these checklists:

    Corn Harvest Checklist

    • Stand count
    • Number of viable ears per acre
    • Size of ears
    • Tip back
    • Disease/mold pressure
    • Late season plant health
    • Drydown
    • Stalk quality
    • Weed pressure

    Soybean Harvest Checklist

    • Stand count
    • Pod set
    • Pod location
    • Branching
    • Size of bean
    • Disease pressure plant and pods
    • Take note of any odd spots in the field
    • Weed pressure

    Take diligent notes on each of these factors. For example, by looking at stalk quality, we can take harvestability into consideration. You may want to harvest plants with potential stalk issues first. By noting exactly what weed pressure is out there, we can determine any resulting drop in yield and consider what herbicides we might need to add to the mix to help control the issue next year. All of these things will help you tie your data together and ensure you reach your maximum yield potential. So remember, yield monitors are good, but they’re only as good as the notes you take to complement them.

    If you’d like me or your regional sales agronomist to walk fields with you, just give us a shout, and we can help analyze the state of your field in time for harvest.

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    Stine Catalog Complete with Best Products on the Market

    August 01, 2014

    Posted by Stine Seed in Products

    Though growing season is still in full swing, it’s never too soon to start planning ahead for next year. Dig into Stine’s online catalog to check out our latest offerings.

    For 2015, we’re introducing four new corn hybrids — all with the high-population (HP) designation — bringing us to a total of 16 HP hybrids in our lineup. In addition to HP corn, we have a long list of other hybrid options in a variety of traits including:

    • Genuity® SmartStax® RIB Complete®
    • Genuity® SmartStax®
    • Genuity® VT Triple PRO® RIB Complete®
    • Genuity® VT Triple PRO®
    • Genuity® VT Double PRO® RIB Complete®
    • Agrisure® 3000GT Corn
    • Agrisure® GT/CB/LL Corn
    • Roundup Ready® Corn 2
    • Conventional Corn (Non-Trait)

    On the soybean side, we also offer the industry’s best genetics, with a host of new varieties:

    • 24 new LibertyLink® varieties
    • 33 Genuity® Roundup Ready 2 Yield® varieties

    Thanks to Stine’s fast generation breeding program, we bring new products to the market faster than anyone else, which ensures you have an outstanding “crop” of high-yielding corn hybrids and soybean varieties to choose from.

    For advice about what will work best in your fields, consult your area district or regional sales agronomist.  

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    Chemicals for Weed Control

    June 16, 2014

    Posted by Dustin Ellis in Crop Management

    Proper timing for pre-emerge and post emergence applications of chemicals for weed control can make or break your field's yield potential.