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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    A Stine Thanksgiving

    November 21, 2017

    Posted by Stine Seed in Stine News

    “As we express our gratitude, we must never forget that the highest appreciation is not to utter words, but to live by them.” — John F. Kennedy

    As we prepare to celebrate the joy of Thanksgiving with family and friends, we are reminded that gratitude is more than words. At Stine, expressing gratitude isn’t something we do once a year. We are grateful every day for our dedicated employees, our loving families and our loyal customers who, ultimately, drive the success of our business. Whether it’s in the form of communication, personalized customer service, product discounts or standing true to our promise to deliver the highest-yielding genetics to grower customers, expressed or implied, we are thankful for all of you year-round.

    A few of our employees recently shared what they are thankful for:  

    Ken Wolf, director of training — sales
    My Heavenly Father and my family — without them, I would be nothing. For Stine that lets me improve my situation and gives me an opportunity to share my resources. Finally, being given the chance to train and teach new ISRs so we can offer the best sales and service to our customers.

    Stefanie Ray, regional sales agronomist
    I am thankful for my family, especially my son, Kade, who keeps me on my toes but makes my life complete. I’m also thankful for my health and to be able to work in an industry that appreciates the importance of kindness, hard work and family values.

    Jeff Anderson, western director of sales 
    The things that I am thankful for this Thanksgiving are my wife, Tarah, and our two kids, Maddy and Colt; my family and friends; being a part of Stine Seed Company and everyone I get to work with because of it; and last but not least, having the opportunity to live in this great country.

    Bill Kessinger, regional sales agronomist
    I am thankful for time. The time that I get to spend playing with, teaching and watching my two kids grow up; the time I get to spend loving and laughing with my wife; the time I got to spend with those who are now gone; and the time I get to spend with the great people at Stine and the farmers I get the privilege to work with. Time is a precious commodity, and I thank God for every minute I am blessed with.

    Mike Smith, technical agronomist
    This year I’m very thankful for my health. It was about a year ago when I experienced the first of several strokes that left my future up in the air. A year later, with great medical care and encouragement from my family, I have made a full recovery and feel better than I have in years. I’m looking forward to spending time with my family and friends this holiday season and relishing every moment!

    Brian Hartman, director of agronomy
    As I reflect on this past year, there is so much to be thankful for. I am most thankful for the health of my family and all our achievements made through the hard work put forth; I am extremely thankful for the freedom we have as Americans, as many in other countries do not have such; and I am grateful for the opportunity to work with so many professional, hardworking and dedicated people at Stine, which makes work enjoyable as we have accomplished so much. I look forward to what is in store for 2018, as we are in some of the most exciting and challenging times in agriculture. 

    Todd Schomburg, regional sales agronomist
    I am thankful for my close family and friends.  And I look forward to the opportunity to spend the Thanksgiving holiday with my family. 

    Clint Bounds, general manager, sales
    I am most thankful for my wife and two children. They are my pride and joy! My parents that have always given me tremendous love and support, and the Stine leadership team I am surrounded by and work with every day. They make my job fun and are very dedicated to their jobs with Stine.

    Have a happy and safe Thanksgiving!

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    After Harvest, Plan to Optimize Yield in 2018

    November 15, 2017

    Posted by Amanda Oberg in Harvest

    Believe it or not, November is an important month for growers outside of harvest. It’s the time to make decisions that help dictate your yield in the coming year. Although we cannot control weather, or markets for that matter, you can take steps to ensure you get the best output from your soil under the conditions you are given.

    This month’s Farm Journal magazine notes that November is the number one seed buying month. I recommend meeting with your local Stine Seed representative to find the best seed fit for your soil needs.

    After you have your seed order lined up, the next item on your agenda should be fertility planning. Nutrient inputs are critical for optimal corn production. Soil testing will get you started on the right foot. Remember to base your fertilizer needs on realistic yield expectations. The goal should be to replace nutrients used by the previous crop to maintain nutrient balance. Nitrogen, phosphorus and potassium are critical elements, and timing their input into your crops will help increase efficiency. 

    Nitrogen (N) — This should be applied according to the crop’s needs and will often involve split applications. Corn uses only 15 percent of required N from V5–V8 and will need the most at the V10 growth state, which is usually about 40 days after planting.

    Potassium (K) — This nutrient is an essential component for grain production. It is responsible for moving energy, including water, carbohydrates and nutrients, into the plant tissue. A lack of K in a plant may result in yellowing of leaves, stunted growth and less grain fill, ultimately affecting yield. Soybeans and heavy tillage contenders, like silage corn, will deplete the soil of K more so than other crops. On the other hand, moistened soil in the spring has proved to increase the availability of K. K can be applied in a pre-plant situation or a post plant.

    Phosphorus (P) — Essential for crop production, P encourages early plant vigor and overall plant health. After harvest, it’s important for growers to test their soils to determine the best placement of P as the nutrient is not mobile in crops, which limits plant uptake. There are a few placement options for growers to consider for their phosphorus fertilizer, including broadcast applications before planting and banding applications after planting.

    To learn more about Stine’s 2018 seed lineup and tips for nutrient applications this fall, contact your Stine sales rep.

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    Stine® 9734-0 Brand Corn: Setting the Bar for Conventional Hybrids

    November 08, 2017

    Posted by Stine Seed in Products

    When it comes to Stine’s 2017 harvest, we're seeing great yields from many of our corn and soybean numbers. On the conventional side, one hybrid that really stands out is Stine® 9734-0 brand corn.

    Stine 9734-0 brand corn is a 109–111-day relative maturity hybrid that features Stine conventional genetics. This hybrid has a medium plant height and medium ear placement with semi-flex ears. It has very good dry down and cold emergence with good test weight.

    Stine 9734-0 brand corn features excellent stocks and roots with phenomenal stress tolerance and leaf disease protection. It’s a top performer in all soil types and row configurations, including wider 30-inch rows and Stine’s Twin 20-inch row configuration, and it’s an excellent full-season hybrid with northern movement.  

    To learn more about Stine 9734-0 brand corn, contact your local Stine sales representative or visit our website.