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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    Find Stine at the 2019 Farm Progress Show

    August 15, 2019

    Posted by Todd Schomburg in Planting

    Join Stine at the 66th annual Farm Progress Show in Decatur, Illinois, August 27–29! Dubbed the nation’s largest outdoor farm event, the Farm Progress Show boasts more than 600 exhibitors, from farm equipment and supplies to seed products, agricultural inputs and more. You can find Stine at booth 1251, which is located in the northwest quadrant of the show grounds, just off Twelfth Progress Street. You can map our booth on the Farm Progress Show’s website.

    This year, Stine is excited to feature the latest corn and soybean technology on the market. Stop by and tour our show plot, where you will get a first-hand look at the following products:

    Stine Enlist E3 soybeans — Combines Stine’s high-yielding, elite genetics for powerful performance with tolerance to a new 2,4-D choline, glyphosate and glufosinate. This advanced herbicide-tolerant trait technology offers growers maximum flexibility and convenience, along with outstanding weed control. Stine is proud to offer growers the broadest lineup of Enlist E3 soybeans in 2020, with 75 different options for growers to choose from. We’ll have Stine 36EA02 and 38EB03 brand Enlist E3 soybeans available to view in our show plot.

    Stine Agrisure® Corn: From above- and below-ground insect protection to in-crop tolerance to glyphosate and other herbicides, the Stine Agrisure portfolio continues to be one of the top-performing corn trait packages in our lineup. Come check out Stine 9714-G (Agrisure GT), 9709-G (Agrisure GT), 9808E-20 (Agrisure Viptera® 3110) and R9734-32 (Agrisure Duracade® 5222 E-Z Refuge®) at our show plot, and make sure you ask our sales reps about our complete lineup of Agrisure trait corn in 2020. 

    In addition to viewing our show plot, make sure you ask one of our sales representatives how you can get one of our NEW Stine hats and our 2020 Stine Seed Catalog. You can also pop in to visit WYXY Classic 99.1’s very own Gale Cunningham, who will be broadcasting live from our booth the entire show, including live interviews, analysis and market reports.

    We look forward to seeing you at the 66th annual Farm Progress Show!

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    Combating the European Corn Borer

    August 08, 2019

    Posted by Stine Seed in Crop Management

    One of the most common causes of poor crop yield, especially in corn, is the prevalence of the European corn borer. This grass moth, along with other similar insects, arrived in the Northeast United States in the early 1900s. Named for its prevalence in corn crops, the European corn borer can also drastically affect the yield of peppers, soybean, cotton, apples and more. This problem was remedied in the late 1990s with the Bacillus thuringiensis (Bt) protein, which helped protect crops for a number of years. However, Bt is slowly losing its effectiveness against insects like the European corn borer, which has built up a resistance to the protein.

    Identification
    When in its larval stage, you can identify a European corn borer by its off-white colored body, dark-brown head and its smooth skin with dark round spots scattered across its body. The larvae can reach about one inch in length. As an adult moth, a borer can be identified by its yellow coloration and dark, “zigzag” markings across the wings. Identification and early treatment of infested crops is crucial because adult female moths can lay up to 500 eggs in their short lifespan. These eggs can hatch within a week’s time.

    Detection
    Borers are present in the early summer months. As the larvae feed, you’ll notice damage to leaves in the form of shot holes. These larvae will eventually move to the more protected area of the plant sheath where they will continue to feed, molt and grow. Larvae will occasionally bore directly into the ears where they feed on kernels, which can result in broken stalks and rotting of the plant.  

    Control Tactics

    • Tillage. Till fields where borers were prevalent the previous year. Corn borers overwinter, so it’s important to disrupt their environment in the fall or in early spring before the adult borers emerge.
    • Utilize a good weed control program. Adult borers hide in tall grasses and weeds during the day. A good herbicide will keep most of the moths out of fields. Also, be sure to keep field edges and fence rows clipped.
    • Bt still does a great job controlling the borer population. Using transgenic corn hybrids that utilize Cry1Ab, Cry1F, Cry1Ac, Cry9c or Vip3A proteins can be very effective. Stine® Agrisure® Viptera brand corn ensures maximum yield by providing effective, season-long control over European corn borers and other harmful insects that can damage crops.
    • Pheromone traps can help determine the flight period for moths. When captured, experts can estimate the potential infestation levels in the area and help predict when the larvae will emerge and begin feeding on plants.
    • Many insecticides can be used for corn borer control. Granular formulations are recommended.

    Stine has a number of –10, –11 and –20 hybrids in a wide range of maturities that are excellent options for controlling corn borer, some of which include Stine 9212-10, 9316-20, 9436-11, 9714-20, 9728E-20, 9808E-20 and 9814-20. To learn more about these hybrids, contact your local Stine sales representative.

     

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    2020 Stine Seed Catalog Now Available

    August 01, 2019

    Posted by Stine Seed in Products

    Stine® is excited to offer an outstanding lineup of corn and soybeans for 2020. Now, you can view those options in our newly released 2020 Stine Seed Catalog, available online or by contacting your local Stine Seed sales representative. Here’s a sneak peek of what we have in store.

    Soybeans
    With the industry’s largest soybean breeding program, we have an unmatched selection of high-performing soybean varieties in every maturity range with the trait packages growers want, including:

    Stinebrand Enlist E3™ soybeans: An advanced herbicide-tolerant trait technology with maximum flexibility and convenience, along with three unique modes of action for exceptional weed control — glyphosate, glufosinate and a new 2,4-D choline. Stine is proud to offer growers the broadest lineup of Enlist E3 soybeans in 2020, with 75 different options for growers to choose from.

    Stine brand LibertyLink® GT27 soybeans: A triple-stacked herbicide tolerant system, which offers exceptional yield potential combined with tolerance to three unique sites of action — glyphosate, Liberty® and a new HPPD/Group 27 herbicide (pending approval). We have 69 LibertyLink GT27 soybean varieties in our 2020 lineup.

    Stine brand GT27 soybeans: Combine ultra-high-yielding, elite soybean genetics with tolerance to both glyphosate and a new HPPD/Group 27 herbicide (pending approval). Soybeans containing this trait can also provide growers with an additional measure of protection against potential HPPD/Group 27 carryover. We have 11 GT27 varieties for growers to choose from in 2020.

    Stine Elite Soybeans: Our conventional soybean lineup consists of high-yielding varieties that excel in a number of different soil types and maturity zones. We have 31 conventional options in our new lineup.

    Corn
    Stine operates one of the industry’s largest and most prolific corn breeding programs, developing and evaluating hundreds of thousands of unique hybrids each year. We’re pleased to bring growers the following corn options in 2020.

    Stine Conventional Corn: Not every situation calls for traits. Stine keeps its base breeding program conventional and is one of the only corn companies that actively develops NEW conventional genetics to sell to growers. We have 19 conventional corn options for growers to choose from in 2020.

    Stine Agrisure® Corn: Stine has a complete lineup of Agrisure trait corn in 2020 — 47 options to be exact. From above- and below-ground insect protection to in-crop tolerance to glyphosate and other herbicides, the Stine Agrisure portfolio continues to be one of the top-performing corn trait packages in our lineup.

    Stine HP Corn®A number of our traited and non-traited hybrids feature the Stine HP Corn designation. Stine HP Corn is our one-of-a-kind corn hybrid line created specifically for high-population environments. These hybrids tend to be shorter and narrower in stature and feature the stalk strength and disease package to thrive when planted in higher densities, helping growers achieve outstanding yields. Stine is offering 11 corn hybrids carrying the HP Corn designation in 2020.

    With such an extensive corn and soybean lineup, growers can be confident knowing that Stine will have the right option for every field in their operation. If you have any questions regarding the 2020 Stine Seed Catalog and our lineup, please contact your local Stine sales representative.