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    EPA Backs New Herbicide for Soybean Growers

    April 01, 2020

    Posted by Stine Seed in Technology

    Good news for soybean growers struggling with herbicide-resistant weeds. On March 30, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) granted final approval on the new Alite 27 herbicide for use on GT27 and LibertyLink® GT27 soybeans. Stine® is excited to be one step closer to this new weed control option.

    The EPA notes, “We’ve heard from farmers across the country about the importance of having new means available to combat economically-damaging weeds … We listened and believe this action balances the need to provide growers with the products necessary to continue to provide Americans with a safe and abundant food supply while ensuring our country’s endangered species are protected.” 

    While federal approval is only one step in the process, we’re hopeful the herbicide will begin receiving state approvals soon. The herbicide is fully registered in a given state once it receives the state label. As it stands, the initial federal label grants approval for product use in approximately 300 U.S. counties, including in South Dakota, Tennessee, Kansas, Ohio, Missouri, Kentucky and Indiana. Additional states and counties will be added in the coming months. 

    The main ingredient in Alite 27 is isoxaflutole — a Group 27 (HPPD) herbicide. According to BASF, the developers of the herbicide, isoxaflutole “delivers residual control/suppression of more than 70 important grass and broadleaf weeds including many weeds presently exhibiting resistance to EPSPS inhibitor (glyphosate), PSII inhibitor (triazine), PPO inhibitor, ALS inhibitor and synthetic auxin herbicides as well as multiple site of action herbicide resistant weed biotypes.” Alite 27 will be labeled for use as a pre-plant burndown, pre-emergence or post-emergence application. 

    Alite™ 27 herbicide offers a great option for GT27 and LibertyLink GT27 soybean growers. If you purchased Stine GT27 or LibertyLink GT27 soybeans for your fields in 2020, contact your local Stine sales rep to discuss specific requirements for use for Alite 27 herbicide.


  • Stine Celebrates Women in Ag, Recognizes Their Accomplishments with Women in Agriculture Day

    Stine Celebrates Women in Ag, Recognizes Their Accomplishments with Women in Agriculture Day

    March 23, 2020

    Posted by Stine Seed in Stine News

    Stine is fortunate to enjoy leadership and support from female professionals who strive to keep our company efficient, innovative and successful. From their roles in our research and sales departments to seed conditioners and growers in the field, we’re proud to stand beside women in agriculture as they support the industry that feeds the world.

    Although we celebrate women in agriculture every day, over the years, Stine has found March to be a perfect time to bring awareness to their accomplishments. Why March? March is at the crossroad of Women’s History Month and National Ag Week (March 22–28). This year, however, we wanted to do something bigger and more significant to recognize these individuals.

    If you’ve followed us on social media lately, you’ve likely noticed our Stine Women in Ag campaign, where we highlight different Stine employees each week, their roles with the company and how they became a woman in ag. If you haven’t seen the videos yet, we encourage you to follow us on Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn and Instagram to view those already posted and to watch for upcoming stories throughout the rest of March. You can also see some of the videos at the links below. We also encourage you to share your own women in ag stories using #TogetHER4Ag.

    Jessica Moyer:

    Renae Schmidt:

    Jackie Thompson:

    Michelle Davison:

    The culmination of our Women in Ag celebration is an exciting one! Stine, in partnership with the Iowa FFA Foundation, the Iowa 4-H Program and FarmHer, is pleased to announce March 26, 2020, as Women in Agriculture Day in Iowa. A formal proclamation establishing the inaugural day-long celebration was signed by Iowa Governor Kim Reynolds thanks to an effort spearheaded by Stine and those partner organizations in collaboration with the governor’s office. We thank all involved for their support in recognizing the many women who lead and support the ag industry.

    Join us as we celebrate Women in Agriculture Day in Iowa (and around the country) on March 26. From the Heartland to the Mid-South to the East Coast and beyond, we’re proud to work with so many talented and driven individuals. The industry wouldn’t be where it is today without these wonderful women in ag!


  • Some Good News — We’re Hiring!

    Some Good News — We’re Hiring!

    March 19, 2020

    Posted by Stine Seed in Stine News

    We could all use some good news during challenging times like these. At Stine, there is no higher priority to us than our employees and the growers we serve. We’re committed to maintaining dependable customer service through life’s toughest challenges. As our business grows, so does our need to expand our sales team to support our customer service efforts. We’re pleased to offer a number of job openings, which range from front office sales support to sales reps in the field.

    Sales Support Specialist, Dallas Center, IA —  Become part of a group that is tasked with providing support for a team of more than 200 outside sales representatives. Assist with processing orders, cancellations and other activities as directed by sales representatives to keep accounts current. This is a full-time position reporting to the Sales Support Customer Service Team Leader. Qualified candidates should be hard-working and dedicated to providing a high level of customer service. Position includes competitive pay, health/dental/vision insurance and retirement benefits.

    Sales Department Administrative Assistant, Dallas Center, IA — This is a full-time position reporting to the National Sales & Marketing Director. We’re seeking a self-motivated, dependable individual with a great personality and good written and verbal communication skills. This individual will provide general phone support and serve as the primary point of contact for the front lobby at our Dallas Center campus. Qualified candidates should be hard-working and dedicated to providing a high level of customer service. Position includes competitive pay, health/dental/vision insurance and retirement benefits.

    Independent Sales Representative, multiple locations — Stine is experiencing significant growth and is seeking to add several new Independent Sales Representatives (ISRs) throughout its territories. ISRs serve as the primary ambassadors of the Stine brand within an assigned territory. They are tasked with managing existing dealer accounts, recruiting new dealerships, and developing and enhancing direct relationships with growers and potential customers. As an ISR, you will have unlimited earning potential and the flexibility to work your territory and accounts your way.

    Visit our Careers page for more information and instructions on how to apply to the position that interests you.