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  • Choose Stine for Your Next Career Move
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    Choose Stine for Your Next Career Move

    April 17, 2019

    Posted by Todd Schomburg in Stine News

    I’ve worked at Stine for more than 18 years. Before I started my career with Stine, I got to know their products and the way they do business. The quality of their corn and soybean seed, their industry-leading breeding program and their care for farmers were all reasons that encouraged me to take my first post on their team as a sales representative. When I first joined Stine in 2001, I oversaw six counties and spent much of my days talking to farmers and dealers, promoting Stine and showing how great our systems work because of the yield and the care that the company has for its customers.

    Stine’s a great company to work with; it’s family owned, so you don’t have a lot of layers that are making decisions. It’s nice that when you want to make a change, you talk to the right people and things can happen. It’s great to see the innovation that Stine has brought to the forefront of agriculture — the new traits, the advancement of high-population corn. I truly enjoy and take pride in going to work every day, knowing that I’m bringing something new to the table that really no one else in the industry is doing.

    Now, as Stine’s director of agronomy, I’m excited to see the growth our company is experiencing and the direction we’re heading. With that growth, we’re also looking for more employees and independent sales representatives to help promote our brand and position Stine and our growers for success in the years to come. Whether you’re an independent sales representative, seed corn detasseler or in our research department, no day is ever wasted when you’re working collaboratively to deliver growers the highest-yielding products to each and every acre. If my testimonial isn’t evidence enough that Stine is an excellent company to grow professionally with, apply for one of our open positions to find out for yourself.

    Current Openings
    Soybean Research Associates (Adel, Iowa)
    Stine is seeking soybean research associates at its facility near Adel, Iowa, to perform a variety of tasks associated with seed preparation and field activities. Duties will evolve with each season and may include seed prep (sorting, cleaning, packaging and labeling of seed for plot work), warehouse activities, including forklift operation, and various other duties as assigned. Preference will be given to candidates with previous farm experience. Some travel required. Learn more.

    Seasonal Workers (Adel, Iowa)
    Stine is also seeking individuals for seasonal field work at its Adel facility. Applicants must be at least 14 years of age by July 1, 2019. Position responsibilities include operating in groups and performing various in-field tasks related to seed production, including detasseling, rouging and corn nursery maintenance. Work will begin in late June or early July for at least a period of three to six weeks. State dates, length and time of employment will vary based on weather and field conditions. Typical hours are between 6 a.m. and 3 p.m. Candidates must be able to work outside for extended periods. Learn more.

    Independent Sales Representatives (nationwide)
    Stine is experiencing significant growth throughout the country and is seeking to add several new independent sales representatives (ISR). ISRs receive unlimited earning potential and flexibility to work your territory and accounts your way. ISRs serve as primary ambassador of the Stine brand within the assigned territory, managing existing dealer accounts and recruiting new dealerships. They work in conjunction with a Stine regional sales agronomist to provide a high level of sales support within the assigned territory. Learn more.

    In addition to working for a company that prides itself on outstanding products and customer service, Stine also offers competitive pay, health insurance and retirement benefits for full-time employees. Pre-employment screening, including drug testing, may be required.

    For more information about careers at Stine, email

  • Save Yield, Increase ROI with Stine XP Soybean Seed Treatments

    Save Yield, Increase ROI with Stine XP Soybean Seed Treatments

    April 10, 2019

    Posted by Stine Seed in Products

    Soybean seed treatments may be worth additional consideration for growers this year, especially those who struggled with cool, wet weather last fall and early this spring. Seed treatments offer growers extra protection from diseases and pests that are amplified when environmental stressors persist. Stine offers its own line of treatments — Stine® XP Seed Treatments — that help growers protect their seed during its most vulnerable stage, right after planting and through early emergence. Stine XP soybean seed treatments encourage good early vigor and help ward off the early onset of insects, such as bean leaf beetles and thrips, and diseases, such as phytophthora root rot and sudden death syndrome, all of which can be detrimental to yields and a grower’s bottom line.

    Stine XP soybean seed treatments provide the first critical line of defense to keep pests and diseases at bay. Stine XP soybean seed treatments are available in four custom-blend formulations for ultimate seed protection, including Stine XP Complete, Stine XP-F&I, Stine XP-F&I with BIOst® Nematicide and Stine XP-F.

    Stine XP Complete is a combination fungicide and insecticide that includes Heads Up® plant protectant. Stine XP Complete is backed with Thiabendazole 4L ST for enhanced fusarium activity and Azoxystrobin 100 ST for white mold suppression. This particular treatment also offers excellent control of sudden death syndrome, pythium, rhizoctonia solani, seed-borne phomopsis and sclerotinia. The insecticide component of Stine XP Complete provides protection against wireworms, seedcorn maggots, bean leaf beetles and thrips.

    Stine XP-F&I is a combination fungicide and insecticide package. The custom blend offers protection against rhizoctonia solani, fusarium, seed-borne phomopsis and sclerotinia, and helps combat insects such as wireworms, seedcorn maggots, bean leaf beetles and thrips.

    Stine XP F&I with BIOst® Nematicide is a combination fungicide and insecticide package with an innovative broad-spectrum seed treatment nematicide for soybeans experiencing heavy nematode pressure. This custom-blend treatment kills nematodes within 24 to 48 hours, with activity on eggs and juveniles of the most important nematodes in soybeans, including soybean cyst, root-knot and reniform nematodes. This formulation also offers great protection against rhizoctania solani, fusarium, seed-borne phomopsis and sclerotinia, as well as safeguarding against insects such as wireworms, seedcorn maggots, bean leaf beetles and thrips.

    Stine XP-F is our fungicide-only blend that provides protection against diseases such as pythium, phytophthora, rhizoctonia solani, fusarium, seed-borne phomopsis and sclerotinia.

    For more information about Stine XP soybean seed treatments, including performance and competitive results from independent third-party trials, contact your local Stine sales representative or visit our website.


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    Key Considerations Before You Begin Planting

    April 03, 2019

    Posted by Tony Lenz in Planting

    Some key factors to consider when we run into cool, wet weather early in the spring are seed selection, planting dates and soil temperature. We typically tell growers that planting earlier can lead to higher yields, but in times like these where we have experienced record snowfall and flooding, early planting may not be an option for growers in much of the Midwest.  

    Hybrid Selection
    For corn, in conditions like we’re experiencing this spring, ensuring we have the right hybrids to handle cool soil temperatures is key. We really need to focus on hybrids that have good cold emergence and vigor. If not, you may be left with seed that struggles to come out of the ground, resulting in yield loss. That being said, growers should still stick with their optimum maturity window for corn, if possible. If conditions persist and adjustments need to be made, they should be minor. 

    Corn Temps
    Having consistent soil temperatures before you start planting is key to ensuring germination and even plant stands. For corn, ideally if we can get the soil temperatures to 50 degrees consistently with a good long-term weather forecast, you should be good to plant. Corn will germinate below these temperatures, but you could run the risk of uneven or delayed emergence. 

    Soybean Temps
    We like to see consistent soil temps around 55 degrees before planting soybeans. It’s especially important to make sure low temps and frost aren’t in the forecast before hitting the field. Because soybeans are planted later, they are not at the same vegetative state as corn in early spring, so a hard frost can sweep through and kill off the plants after emergence. The growing point is above ground for soybean plants, whereas for corn plants the growing point remains underground until right around the V6 growth stage.

    Seed Treatments and Other Recommendations
    I typically recommend growers who are struggling with cool, wet soils to consider seed treatments for soybeans. Seed treatments allow the seed to sit in the soil longer, giving it more time to germinate and get up out of the ground. If seed treatments aren’t an option, I recommend growers use a starter fertilizer to encourage good root development and overall plant health.

    As always, soybean planting depth should remain between 1.5- to 2-inch range to promote the necessary root growth the plant will need during the growing season. For corn, I recommend the 2- to 3-inch range. 

    For more information about optimal planting conditions for your Stine corn and soybean seed, please contact your local sales agronomist or representative.