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  • Harvest Roundup

    Harvest Roundup

    November 06, 2015

    Posted by Stine Seed in Harvest

    Region 2 — RSA Katie Lorenz

    We’re about 90 percent done with corn harvest in Region 2, and things are coming out earlier than normal because of the dry weather. Yields have been above average, even with the long, wet spring, which surprised many growers this year.

    Soybeans are pretty much done throughout the region. While a bit drier than normal, beans yielded well this year. LibertyLink® fields in particular are yielding through the roof. I’m seeing a lot of growers transitioning to LibertyLink to combat the glyphosate-resistant weeds we’re seeing up north.

    Of the Stine HP Twin 20s in the region, growers are seeing about a 20 bushels per acre increase if the proper fertilizer was applied. There were some questions about harvestability of Twin 20s earlier this year, but growers were pleased to find the configuration came out with ease.

    Region 3 — RSA Tony Lenz

    Normally you would see all the beans come out first in Region 3, but because we did not get a frost, growers in the region went to corn while the beans dried up. That being said, many growers have mentioned that they’ve never seen this many bushels of beans, especially in southern Minnesota and Nebraska. Growers in southern South Dakota are also seeing some of the best beans they’ve ever had. Stine 19RF32 has been performing particularly well in southern Minnesota, and Stine 20RD20 has been really consistent across the board. Growers were also very happy with LibertyLink bean yields across all areas, especially with the weed control Liberty® herbicide provided.

    Corn harvest is starting to wrap up in the region. Everything is really dry, and we’re seeing a lot of shelling. We’re finding that Stine R9424SS is performing really well in southwestern Minnesota and central South Dakota, and Stine R9732VT3PRO is doing well in northern Nebraska and southeastern South Dakota.

    Region 4 — RSA Todd Schomburg

    Soybean harvest is finished, and corn is probably close to 90–95 percent complete in Region 4.

    HP corn products that have performed well this year are Stine R9631VT3PRO, R9740VT3PRO, R9733EVT3PRO and R9426VT3PRO. Most people that followed our protocol with sulfur, fungicide and sidedressing nitrogen are satisfied with HP corn, especially when planted under pivots where we’re seeing a 15–50 bushel increase by spoon-feeding nutrients.

    As for soybeans, earlier beans are performing very well this year. Stine 23LF32 and 24LD00 are doing extremely well, and19LF62 is also performing well. Stine 20RD20 is also having another excellent year.

    We’ve heard several northwestern Iowa growers say that they are seeing the best yields they’ve ever had on all corn and beans. We’re still compiling all of our plot data, looking at the new corn hybrids and soybean varieties to make sure that we make the best recommendations for our dealers and customers.

    Region 11 — RSA Chuck Vaughan

    Weather has been extremely dry and warm, which, on a positive note, has allowed farmers to keep going with harvest with no delays. The corn and beans have dried down very quickly this fall as a result, and although that’s great for cost savings for drying grain, you find out which products have good stalk quality.

    For the most part, harvest is ahead of schedule, and our products are really shining in east central Illinois and northwestern Illinois. These areas had favorable growing conditions, and as a result, the products are showing it. Even in some less- than-favorable conditions, products really performed. One of our top-performing corn hybrids has been Stine R9635SS, which is winning almost every plot that it is in and has looked good coming out of the fields. Other top performers are Stine R9734VT3PRO, R9728EVT3PRO and R9529VT3PRO.

    It was a great season for beans, especially with LibertyLink, which has been averaging in the 70s just about everywhere in Region 11, and in a few plots, we’ve seen it hit the 80s. Roundup Ready® 2 beans have also looked great with average to above average yields. The late 2s and early to mid 3s have looked the best. Conventional beans are, once again, having a great year with above-average yields in most cases. Stine 33E22 still seems to be the bean that rises to the top in east central Illinois.



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    Stine Region 8 Update

    October 16, 2015

    Posted by Mike Eckels in Harvest

    With harvest well underway in Region 8, we’ve been hearing a lot of talk about LibertyLink® soybeans. While yields have been all over the board throughout the region, I’ve seen a lot of Stine 38LE02 LibertyLink fields thriving, with some even averaging in the 80s.

    Most of the talk, however, has been centered on weed control and having an alternative mode of action for 2016. LibertyLink soybeans combined with Liberty® herbicide offer an excellent option for growers when rotation is necessary to effectively manage weed resistance. The system controls more than 120 broadleaf weeds and grasses, including ALS- and glyphosate-resistant weeds. Additionally, the LibertyLink system is the only available nonselective alternative to glyphosate-tolerant systems and has no yield drag or lag.

    Stine will have plenty of LibertyLink beans around next year, and with as much interest as we’re seeing in the system, we look forward to working with growers on their options for 2016. To view all of our varieties available for next year, visit

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    Dwarf Corn Shows Promising Future

    October 08, 2015

    Posted by Brian Hartman in Research

    For nearly five years, Stine has been experimenting with dwarf corn hybrids — developed from dwarf inbreds and designed to produce shorter, more efficient, and higher yielding plants. Dwarf corn hybrids average between 65 and 70 inches in height, with ear placement occurring at the 40-inch mark or higher on the plant. Approximately 4,000 different dwarf inbreds are currently being researched at the Stine nursery in Adel, Iowa, — all of which are bred for high-population planting — and Stine is already seeing the benefits of the smaller, more efficient plant structure.

    One of the main benefits we’re seeing is there’s a longer management window because there’s more flexibility to operate equipment in and around your field, so you’re not relying solely on helicopters and planes for applications. You can also pack more plants into a smaller area, resulting in less overall biomass in the plant and better plant efficiency. Growers find that with taller plants, a lot of wasted energy goes into the stalk. In a shorter stalk, nutrients can distribute to the area of the plant that benefits the most — the ear.

    Additionally, dwarf corn hybrids offer a higher resistance to lodging. Because of the plant’s significantly shorter architecture, it’s less likely to blow over or fall down in strong wind events. And some research suggests that there is a correlation between how close the tassel and ear are together on a plant and overall yield potential. This results in a more efficient pollination process, which in turn promotes a higher-yielding plant.

    The work in this area is still very preliminary and, even if successful, Stine is still several years from introducing a dwarf corn hybrid to the market. But as our research continues at the Stine Seed Farm, it’s clear that dwarf corn may have a promising future in the corn industry.