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. 

  • Innovative Twin-Plot Combine Improves Stine’s Harvest of Research Crops
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    Innovative Twin-Plot Combine Improves Stine’s Harvest of Research Crops

    September 17, 2020

    Posted by Stine Seed in Harvest

    Stine knows how crucial technology is to advancing agriculture. Our industry-leading corn and soybean breeding programs are a great testament to how we use a variety of technological tools to advance the industry’s leading corn and soybean products. Part of the reason our breeding programs are so successful is their size and the results we collect from them. We planted 1.3 million soybean plots and 420,000 corn plots alone this year. The data collected from these research plots ensure that we’re doing what we can to develop better corn and soybean feed, faster. Fortunately, our friends (and innovators) at ALMACO have shared their latest technology to help us out with harvest.

    The ALMACO R2 Twin-Plot combine lends itself to seed research programs with more than one crop. The machine operates with top-fed axial rotor technology that allows for a true split, twin-rotor. The combine features interchangeable rotor parts that can be swapped out in less than 15 minutes. This make harvest faster, and the twin top-fed axial rotors harvest research plots cleaner and gentler than other research combines and can be used for corn, soybeans, small grains and flowers.

    In 2018, Stine had exclusive access to the innovative new machinery, and we noticed the efficiencies. We harvested 75,000 plots in 15 days during the first trial run. Previously, we used separate combines for our corn and soybean plots. Now, we’ve been using the ALMACO R2 combine for both, and we’re saving serious time by harvesting plots nearly 2.5 times faster than our other equipment. Another advantage: we can harvest our soybean plots sooner, even when the pods have a higher moisture level than when we’d typically harvest. The combine’s rotary threshing and high-torque design allows for earlier harvest of large green plants, tough stems and high plant foliage.

    This year, we added one more ALMACO R2 combine to our fleet. We’re happy to partner with like-minded companies who use innovative technologies to improve agricultural processes. We’re proud to implement these practices to gather better data, create the best seed on the market and deliver our growers the highest-yielding corn and soybeans available. You can learn more about the ALMACO R2 combine here.

  • Stine® Agrisure® Corn Shines in 2020
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    Stine® Agrisure® Corn Shines in 2020

    September 10, 2020

    Posted by Stine Seed in Products

    Stine’s unique corn genetics combined with the industry’s most desirable trait packages results in hybrids with superior performance. And that’s something we’re hearing from growers who planted Stine® Agrisure® brand corn this year. Stine Agrisure corn is producing healthy stalks and strong ears, even in areas that are experiencing drought-like conditions during late summer. To name a few, Stine 9814–20, 9434-11 and R9739E-32 are packing grain and showing great tolerance to stressful conditions.  

    Stine 9814-20 Brand Corn
    Stine 9814-20 brand corn is a 117–119-day relative maturity hybrid featuring Agrisure Viptera® 3110 and LibertyLink® technology. As a hybrid in the Agrisure Viptera 3110 family, Stine 9814-20 offers best-in-class above-ground insect control, providing season-long protection from insects such as the European corn borer, southwestern corn borer, southwestern cornstalk borer, corn earworm, fall armyworm, dingy cutworm, beet armyworm, black cutworm, western bean cutworm, sugarcane borer and common stalk borer. With the LibertyLink trait, Stine 9814-20 boasts herbicide flexibility with tolerance to both glyphosate and glufosinate.

    Stine 9814-20 has excellent late-season plant health and grain quality, and is a great choice for growers planting in lower populations. The product works well in variable soil types and is great for silage as it produces taller plants.

    Stine 9434-11 Brand Corn
    Stine 9434-11 brand corn is a 98–100-day relative maturity hybrid featuring Agrisure 3000GT and LibertyLink technology. With the Agrisure 3000GT technology, Stine 9434-11 provides excellent above and below-ground insect protection, especially against corn borer and corn rootworm, and even when rootworm is not present. In fact, in field trials, Agrisure 3000GT corn delivered 24 to 38 bushels/acre more yield under heavy rootworm pressure and, on average, 3 bushels/acre more where rootworm pressure was low or absent. With the LibertyLink technology, Stine 9434-11 is both glyphosate and glufosinate tolerant.

    Stine 9434-11 produces a medium plant that adapts well to any row configuration. It’s an excellent choice for higher populations and performs well in variable soil types.

    Stine R9739E-32 Blend Brand Corn
    Stine R9739E-32 blend brand corn is a 112–114-day relative maturity hybrid that carries the Agrisure Duracade® 5222 E-Z Refuge® trait. With this trait, the hybrid has a dual mode-of-action, with above- and below-ground insect protection. Essentially, it’s an all-in-one system for corn pest management, with strong corn rootworm control. With the Agrisure Duracade trait, the product expresses a protein that binds differently to the gut of corn rootworm than other corn rootworm traits, providing superior control against the pest while allowing the plant to develop a stronger root system. 

    Stine R9739E-32 blend brand corn has proven to be a very good top-end yielder. It performs best on loam type soils and responds to late-season nitrogen and sulfur. However, this hybrid is only tolerant to glyphosate, so it’s important to not spray this product with glufosinate.

    We’re fortunate to have a number of different Agrisure trait options for growers again in 2021. In fact, we’re pleased to offer 43 Agrisure hybrids for the next planting season, including:

    Agrisure® 3000GT
    Agrisure® 3010
    Agrisure Artesian® 3011A
    Agrisure Artesian® GTA
    Agrisure® GT
    Agrisure Duracade® 5222 E-Z Refuge®
    Agrisure Viptera® 3110
    Agrisure Viptera® 3110A

    For more information on our lineup of Stine Agrisure corn, talk to your local Stine sales rep or visit our website.

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    Prepare your Equipment for Harvest 2020

    September 03, 2020

    Posted by Stine Seed in Harvest

    The long hours of difficult work during harvest can take a toll on farmers and their equipment. Before harvest begins, give yourself a head start. Properly preparing your machinery can save hours of lost productivity, prevent damage and extend the lifecycle of your equipment.

    Though growers in some regions may have already started harvesting, preventive maintenance throughout the season can benefit you and your budget in the long run. Here are some tips on preparing your equipment for a successful harvest.

    Prioritize 
    Few farmers can set aside two or three days to inventory each piece of machinery and make necessary repairs. Start by prioritizing the equipment you use daily or will need to use at the start of harvest. Consider the issues you may have faced during harvest last year. Does your tractor battery drain quickly or grain cart have a tire with a slow leak? Make a schedule or set aside two hours one afternoon a week for the month leading up to harvest to address the problem pieces and clean your equipment.

    Check Your Engines
    If your combine has been sitting idle for the summer season, it may be a good idea to charge the battery. You’ll also want to check and clean the posts and cables around the battery to ensure they’re not worn down or carrying a heavy load of grime that can impede them from working properly. If you’ve noticed your tractor engine starting with difficulty, performing differently or burning through fuel, it’s a good idea to take a deeper look or consult a machinery mechanic.

    Clean It Up
    Cleaning your equipment is imperative before running it through the dirt and dust of harvest season. Did you know that combine and tractor fires result in more than $20 million in property losses each year, not to mention the loss in time? In fact, 75 percent of all machinery fires begin in the engine. Think of this chore as an investment in properly functioning machinery instead of the alternative — a drain on financial resources after a fire or failure.

    Clean engines run safely and efficiently. A pressure washer can help remove caked-on grease and dust that bogs down your machinery and could cause a fire. Additionally, use this time to replace cracked or leaking hoses.

    Put Safety First
    Inspecting equipment before and during harvest goes a long way to ensuring broken and clogged machinery won’t cause fires or accidents. Cracked hoses and leaking fuel lines can put farmers’ lives at risk. So, too, can burned out lightbulbs. Whether you’re operating machinery late into the night or driving down busy roads, make sure the headlights, taillights and signals on your tractor are visible and working properly.

    Consider the Weather
    Each harvest comes with unique challenges, one of which is the weather. Plenty of precipitation leading up to harvest not only makes it difficult to tread through soggy fields, but grain also becomes wetter and heavier. Heavy grain may not flow smoothly through machinery and could cause clogs. It’s important to clean your equipment before harvesting, but farmers may also need to clean and check it during harvest. You’ll also want to ensure your grain bins are cleaned, free of pests and don’t have holes that could allow the elements to leak in, making the drying process all the more difficult.

    For more tips on preparing your equipment for harvest, contact your local Stine regional sales agronomist or independent sales rep.