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    White Mold: Detection and Prevention

    June 14, 2017

    Posted by Tony Pleggenkuhle in Crop Management

    It’s the time of year when we need to start scouting for soybean white mold. Here are some of the signs I look for when scouting for white mold along with some suggestions on how to prevent the disease from becoming a problem in your fields.

    First, as you're walking your fields throughout June and July, look for trumpet-like structures called apothecia on the soil surface just before the soybean plants are starting to flower. Initial infection typically takes place at this time as the apothecia produce spores that enter the soybean through the flowers of the plant.

    To confirm a white mold infection, look for the fungal bodies early and then scout for cotton-like growth on the stems of the plant called fungal mycelium. Another way to determine if a plant may be infected is to look at the top of the plant for leaves that have started to wilt and or fall off prematurely. 

    The fungal bodies that cause white mold are very similar to other mushrooms in that they thrive in dark, damp and cool environments. So, any time you have a soybean field that quickly canopies creating this type of microclimate within its canopy, the field is at a greater risk for developing the disease. For this reason, white mold usually appears in the most productive areas of the field where the soybeans put on a lot of vegetative growth and canopy the row earlier in the growing season. 

    If white mold affects your fields this summer, there are a number of fungicide (applied around R1) and herbicide options on the market that can be utilized to destroy the fungal bodies and help impede the white mold spores from entering the plant.

    In my opinion, the best management strategy is prevention. First, select a variety that has a good white mold rating such as Stine 20RD20s or Stine 21LH02s.  Second, since white mold thrives in cool, damp and dark conditions, plant your soybeans in 30-inch rows to allow air movement up and down the rows and sunlight to penetrate the ground. This will help burn up the fungal bodies longer into the season can help delay or even prevent early infection. Third, the higher the planting population, the sooner a field canopies. So, lowering planting population may be a viable option to help delay infection.  Fourth, rotate to a no-host crop such as corn or small grains. Lastly, harvest infected fields last to help prevent spread of the disease via equipment. 


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    Stine® 9202-G Brand Corn

    June 07, 2017

    Posted by Stine Seed in Products

    Stine® 9202-G brand corn is new to Stine’s lineup in 2017 and is already proving to be a popular choice for growers seeking a dependable option for their refuge acres. Here’s why:

    • Stine 9202-G brand corn is an 85–87-day relative maturity corn, which makes it a great choice for growers who want to get their non-Bt refuge acres planted and up early in the season.
    • Stine 9202-G brand corn contains the Agrisure® GT trait, which provides tolerance to in-crop applications of glyphosate-based herbicides, helping tackle tough weeds while allowing growers the freedom to choose their preferred glyphosate brand.
    • Combined with Stine’s high-yielding genetics, Stine 9202-G brand corn develops excellent stalks and roots for proven standability.
    • Stine 9202-G brand corn features good stress tolerance, so it adapts well from north to south. It also boasts tolerance to northern corn leaf blight.

    To learn more about Stine 9202-G brand corn corn, talk to your regional sales agronomist or visit our website.

  • Join Stine for the Balance™ GT and Balance™ GTLL Experience Tours
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    Join Stine for the Balance™ GT and Balance™ GTLL Experience Tours

    May 31, 2017

    Posted by Stine Seed in Stine News

    As a licensee for the Balance GT Soybean Performance System, we’re excited to attend the 2017 Balance GT Experience Tour this summer. And new this year, the system’s collaborators, MS Technologies and Bayer, have introduced the Balance GTLL Experience Tour, which will highlight the future triple-stack trait, Balance GTLL, featuring tolerance to glyphosate, Balance® Bean and Liberty® herbicides.

    “The Balance GT and Balance GTLL Soybean Performance Systems have the potential to add significant value to our customers’ operations once all necessary regulatory approvals are received,” notes David Thompson, national marketing and sales director for Stine. “We look forward to the tours this summer, and the unique opportunity to witness firsthand the high-yielding, elite genetics and outstanding weed control that these new systems feature.”

    For those interested in attending the Balance GT or Balance GTLL Experience Tours this summer, we encourage you to sign up for one or more of the tour stops in June and July.

    Wednesday, June 14
    Balance GTLL Experience Tour – Forrest City, Arkansas
    Register here

    Wednesday, June 28
    Balance GT Experience Tour – Adel, Iowa
    Register here

    Wednesday, July 19
    Balance GT Experience Tour – Sheridan, Indiana
    Register here

    Wednesday, July 26
    Balance GTLL Experience Tour – Olivia, Minnesota
    Register here