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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    Stine Harvest Roundup

    October 25, 2017

    Posted by Stine Seed in Harvest

    Harvest updates are starting to come in across Stine’s sales territories. While many regions are off to a slow (and wet) start, yield results look promising, and many Stine numbers are really standing out this year.

    Region 2 (North Dakota, northern South Dakota and western Minnesota)
    RSA Katie Lorenz reports that Region 2 is nearly complete with soybean harvest and growers are heading straight into corn harvest as the weather continues to cooperate. Soybean yields were average this year because of heavy early spring rains and a summer dry spell, but Stine genetics continue to showcase top yield. Growers seem to be particularly excited about the new Stine GT 27 soybeans and the latest lineup of Stine LibertyLink® soybeans.

    Corn is rolling through the combines now and showing excellent late-season health and standability. The yields are overall higher than expected, and plots are showing impressive numbers. Stine 9101-G and 9202-G stand out as early hybrids, and 9212-10 and 9316-20 are proving to be outstanding late- season hybrids.

    Region 3 (southern South Dakota, northern Nebraska and southwest Minnesota)
    RSA Tony Lenz reports that Region 3 received five to seven inches of rain in late September and early October, but growers have made great strides with harvest in southwest Minnesota, southern South Dakota and northern Nebraska since then.

    The latest USDA NASS crop progress report shows as high as 83 percent of soybeans harvested in Minnesota to 26 percent of the corn harvested in Nebraska. Region 3 should be wrapping up soybeans this week with some wet fields left that seem to be slowing the process down, especially in southern South Dakota. They’ve seen up and down yield results, especially in areas that had a lot of hail this summer.

    Tony notes they have been very satisfied with yields from the Stine LibertyLink, Stine GT 27and Genuity® Roundup Ready 2 Yield® traits. They have taken out a few corn plots and have seen record yields on those plots with some great yields from Stine 9814-11, 9739E-20, 9427-20 and 9436-G brand corn. Corn harvest should be at full strength at the end of October in Region 3.

    Region 7 (southeast Iowa and northeast Missouri)
    RSA John Furlong notes that Region 7 is getting a strong start on harvest. Variability is the main word, but in general, yields are better than what producers were expecting. For John, he had his first 300-bushel yield. His Stine 9808E-G brand corn field hit 300.2 bushels per acre in a plot in southeastern Iowa, and Stine 9714-G brand corn was not far behind at 284 bushels per acre. He notes that several Stine soybean varieties look good, especially in the early maturities. This includes Stine 26BA23, 29RI02 and 28BA02 brand soybeans. They haven’t taken any LibertyLink plots out yet, but Stine 26LH02, 29LJ02 and 31LE32 are doing great in field comparisons.

    Region 8 (north and central Missouri)
    Stine RSA Mike Eckels reports that Region 8 has experienced wet weather for the past few weeks. Mike estimates that 70 percent of corn is harvested, with a couple of corn plots still to come out. He notes he had a farmer plant an 80-acre field at 38,000, which averaged 246 bushels per acre. The grower plants 20-inch rows and was very happy with Stine’s corn hybrids.  

    On the soybean side, Mike estimates that around 40 percent is harvested and that, overall, yields have been very good.

    Region 10 (southeast Minnesota and northeast Iowa)
    RSA Tony Pleggenkuhle notes that Region 10 is about 75 percent complete with soybean harvest and 30 percent complete with corn. For soybeans, Stine 20RD20s, 19BA23s and 25LH62s are pulling in the top yields. For corn, Stine 9428-32, 9635SS and 9537E-21 are performing well. Soybean conditions look good where there was rain in August. Overall, corn is much better than expected.

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    Advantages of Stine’s HP Twin 20 Planting System and an Early Canopy in Corn

    October 18, 2017

    Posted by Chad Kuehl in High-Population Corn

    It’s never too early to start planning for the 2018 planting season. By now, growers should have received their Stine seed catalogs and talked to their agronomists about what’s worked well for them in 2017 and how to carry that over to the next year. For Region 5, which covers southern Nebraska and parts of western Iowa and northeastern Colorado, we’ve seen a lot of success and interest in the Stine® HP Twin 20 planting system. 

    This year, more than 12,000 acres were planted with the Stine HP Twin 20 planting system in southern Nebraska. This success has registered for farmers who are not only pushing populations on irrigated land but also on dry land.

    One advantage of the Stine HP Twin 20 planting system is more equidistant spacing. With that, being able to push the population means that you’re going to canopy the ground sooner, which means you’re going to have less weed pressure later on in the season. Another advantage is that you’re going to see is cooler temperatures in the rows on hot days. When it’s 100 plus degrees, you can see up to a 15-degree difference when it comes to the Twin 20-inch system compared to wider 30-inch rows.

    Other advantages of an early canopy in corn include light interception and erosion control. An early canopy keeps sunlight where it matters the most — on a corn plant’s leaves. This enables the plant to maximize every ray of sunlight and drop of rain during the critical late spring and early summer growing season. And one of the lesser-known benefits of the HP Twin 20 planting system’s early canopy is erosion control. When a raindrop hits the soil directly, soil particles bubble up and can be carried away. That’s not as likely to happen when raindrops first hit a thick canopy of corn leaves. The Stine HP Twin 20 planting system helps prevent channels of water running down rows, which means the soil particles stay put.

    To learn more about the benefits of the Stine HP Twin 20 planting system, visit our website or talk to your local Stine sales rep.

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    Stine® 27RI02 Brand Soybeans

    October 09, 2017

    Posted by Stine Seed in Products

    New to our soybean lineup in 2017, Stine® 27RI02 brand soybeans have already proven to be an outstanding variety for growers in certain regions of the Corn Belt. Recently, Stine ISR Ryan Schneider took a ride through a Stine 27RI02 brand soybean field with Stine dealer Ryan Frank. Impressive yield numbers came across the monitor, ranging from 81 all the way to 104 dry bushels per acre. Although the field had a couple of sandy portions, which brought the average down a bit, the whole field average was a respectable 70 bushels per acre.

    Outstanding yield performance isn’t the only thing that drove growers to choose this variety. Stine 27RI02 brand soybeans also boast an excellent disease package, with very good resistance to Phytophthora Root Rot, brown stem rot, stem canker, iron deficiency chlorosis and sudden death syndrome, to name a few. This 2.7-maturity variety has a medium plant height with very good emergence and standability. And Stine 27RI02 yielded an outstanding 104.4 percent of trial average in Stine’s Elite Yield Trials.

    To learn more about Stine 27RI02 brand soybeans, talk to your Stine regional sales agronomist or view our 2018 seed catalog.