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    Stine LibertyLink® Soybeans for Weed Control

    April 18, 2018

    Posted by Mike Eckels in Products

    Two of growers’ biggest concerns are yield and weed control, and to achieve high yield, growers need to start with clean fields. Weeds can be a crop’s biggest competitor, fighting for the same nutrients, water, light and other elements vital to a plant’s growth process. Because weeds can grow faster than most crops, they need to be tackled early, which is why many growers are turning to Stine® LibertyLink® soybeans.

    Glyphosate-resistant weeds are becoming more problematic in my region in north central Missouri and across the United States. With Stine’s LibertyLink soybeans, growers get built-in tolerance to Liberty® herbicide, providing excellent, season-long crop safety. The LibertyLink seed-herbicide system offers fast-acting weed control and is the only nonselective alternative to glyphosate-tolerant systems. The system also controls 120 broadleaf weeds and grasses, including ALS- and glyphosate-resistant weeds.

    Stine LibertyLink soybeans allow growers to rotate nonselective herbicides to effectively manage weed resistance and preserve the utility of herbicide-tolerant technologies. That being said, when planting LibertyLink soybeans, I recommend growers put down a pre-herbicide in the fall or spring and then come back with 32 ounces of Liberty, three pounds of AMS and 20 gallons of water as a post-application. This combination will result in some of the cleanest fields you can get.

    To learn more about Stine’s LibertyLink soybeans, contact your local Stine sales representative or visit our website.

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    Stine 9000GTCBLL Brand Corn: A Staple in Stine’s Early Maturity Lineup

    April 11, 2018

    Posted by Stine Seed in Products

    Stine® 9000GTCBLL brand corn is a workhorse hybrid that has become a staple in our early maturity lineup. At 78-days relative maturity, Stine9000GTCBLL brand corn is a very early hybrid with strong agronomics that help it thrive in tougher grounds. It has displayed outstanding performance over the past few years in Stine's northern regions.  

    Stine 9000GTCBLL features a single mode-of-action for above-ground insect protection, tolerance to glyphosate and glufosinate, medium plant height, semi-flex ear and medium ear height. Other characteristics of this hybrid include relatively quick drydown and very good root and stalk health for maturity.

    This hybrid works well in sand and clay soil but tends to shine in loam-type soils. Stine 9000GTCBLL brand corn works well in a variety of row spacings, including Stine’s Twin 20-inch rows.  

    To learn more about Stine 9000GTCBLL brand corn, contact your local Stine sales representative or visit our website.

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    Benefits of No-Till When Combined with the Right Genetics

    April 04, 2018

    Posted by Bethany Oland in Planting

    No-till farming can be beneficial for a field when used in combination with the right seed genetics. The residue left behind from previous years’ crops substantially decreases soil erosion and reduces the risk of runoff. No-till helps the soil retain nutrients and water, which contributes to the success of Stine soybean varieties and corn hybrids. This combination allows growers to potentially advance yields for their return on investment while promoting sustainability on the farm.

    Stine offers a variety of products to fit growers' no-till strategy. I recommend a few Stine varieties and hybrids that I use on my own no-till fields — Stine®31LE32 and 36LE32 brand soybeans and Stine®9529E-20 and 9734-20 brand corn.

    Stine 31LE32 and 36LE32 brand soybeans were two of Stine’s best-selling LibertyLink® soybeans in 2017. Both products have strong emergence with excellent standability. Stine 31LE32 brand soybeans feature a taller-than-average plant and are resistant to Rps1c Phytophthora root rot, brown stem rot, stem canker and SCN. The variety also has very good tolerance to charcoal rot. Stine 36LE32 brand soybeans are a sister to Stine® 38LF22 brand soybeans. They are resistant to Rps1c Phytophthora root rot, SCN, brown stem rot and stem canker. This variety also has an excellent disease package, which offers protection against sudden death syndrome, root knot nematode and charcoal rot.

    Both Stine 9529E-20 and 9734-20 brand corn have dual modes-of-action for above ground insect protection in addition to excellent roots and stalks. Both hybrids have good stress tolerance and are glyphosate and glufosinate tolerant. Stine 9734-20 brand corn has leaf disease protection, is an excellent full-season option with northern movement and is a top performer in all soil types and row configurations. Stine 9529E-20 has tolerance to northern corn leaf blight, is a great full-season option and is an early pollinator, which translates to a longer grain-fill period.

    To learn more about which Stine varieties and hybrids are suitable for your operation, including in no-till situations, contact your local Stine sales rep.