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    Join Stine at the Farm Progress Show

    August 15, 2018

    Posted by Todd Schomburg in Stine News

    Celebrate Stine’s 40th year in the retail seed industry at the Farm Progress Show August 28–30 in Boone, Iowa. The nation’s largest outdoor farm event, the Farm Progress Show will celebrate their own important milestone as they host their 65th annual event.

    Stine will be located at booth #1328, inside Gate 3 in the eastern corridor along the intersection of Thirteenth Street and Central Avenue. Growers can grab our 2019 Seed Catalog and one of our limited edition 40th anniversary hats while supplies last. Stine agronomists will be available to answer questions about our 2019 offerings, including Stine® LibertyLink® GT27 soybeans — the broadest lineup in the industry.

    LibertyLink GT27 is the first commercially available soybean trait package that offers built-in tolerance to both glyphosate and glufosinate for over-the-top application as well as tolerance to a new HPPD/Group 27 herbicide for soybeans (pending EPA approval). LibertyLink GT27 is a triple-stack trait technology that will give growers outstanding weed control, unparalleled flexibility in weed management options and high-yielding, elite genetics for exceptional crop performance. Visit our plot at the show to see one of our LibertyLink GT27 numbers, Stine 25GA62 brand soybeans. 

    We will also showcase Stine HP Corn® and the HP Twin 20 planting system. Come experience the high-population, narrow-row revolution growers are talking about. Walk the Twin 20-inch rows in our show plot and ask one of our staff members about our Twin 20 research planter.

    Plus, we’ll welcome KWMT’s Duane Murley to the show, who will host his Power Lunch Program from our booth daily from noon to 1 p.m. Stop and say hello!

    We look forward to seeing you at the 65th annual Farm Progress Show!

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    Value of Winter Trade Shows

    January 17, 2018

    Posted by Todd Schomburg in Stine News

    You may be busy with record-keeping in preparation for the impending tax season or finalizing your seed selection for 2018, but don’t forget that the winter months mark another important time for farmers — trade show season.

    There are a number of small, regionally focused trade shows throughout the Corn Belt, as well as several large state and national shows that bring value to attendees. Thousands upon thousands of corn and soybean growers utilize these trade shows to learn about new products and services in the agriculture industry. Many trade shows even host educational seminars to showcase best farm management practices and highlight the benefits of new products on the market or in the pipeline.

    Trade shows present a prime opportunity for Stine growers and those considering Stine to meet one-on-one with a Stine sales rep about our lineup of high-yielding corn hybrids and soybean varieties. If you’re interested in Stine’s conventional corn lineup, our experts can walk you through the best herbicide programs to use in combination with conventional corn hybrids. Thinking about a switch from your old glyphosate system for soybeans? Consider Stine® LibertyLink® or Stine GT 27 soybeans. Stine has the latest soybean traits available with the most sought after, high-yielding genetics in the industry.

    To follow is a list of upcoming trade shows where you can find Stine. Stop by and visit our booth, and use this time to question our knowledgeable sales team about the best options for your corn and soybean acres in 2018.

    • Sioux Falls Farm Show, Sioux Falls, SD, January 24­–26
    • Women in Denim, Storm Lake, IA, January 26–27
    • Iowa Power Farming Show, Des Moines, IA, January 30–February 1
    • Great Lakes Crop Summit, Mt. Pleasant, WI, January 31–February 1
    • Wisconsin Corn & Soy Expo, Wisconsin Dells, WI, February 1–2
    • Buffalo Bill Farm & Ranch Expo, North Platte, NE, February 6–7
    • Sioux Falls Farm Show, Sioux Falls, SD, January 24­–26
    • AAI Showcase & Conference, Des Moines, IA, February 13–14
    • National Farm Machinery Show, Louisville, KY, February 14–17
    • International Crop Expo, Grand Forks, ND, February 21–22
    • Farm Show 2018, Marshfield, WI, February 21–22
    • Alexandria Farm & Ag Show, Alexandria, MN, February 22–23
    • Western Farm Show, Kansas City, MO, February 23–25
    • Central Minnesota Farm Show, St. Cloud, MN, February 23–March 1


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    What to Know: Sudden Death Syndrome and Brown Stem Rot

    July 05, 2017

    Posted by Todd Schomburg in Crop Management

    What to Know: Sudden Death Syndrome and Brown Stem Rot
    Because sudden death syndrome (SDS) and brown stem rot (BSR) continue to spread throughout the Midwest each year, now is a critical time to scout for signs of these diseases in your soybean fields. In Region 4, which covers northwestern Iowa and parts of Nebraska, SDS in particular was a big issue the last couple years, which means growers need to look for it again this year. Here’s what you need to know about SDS and BSR.

    Plants typically become infected with SDS in the spring, a few weeks after planting; however, symptoms of the disease may not be detectible until late July or early August. Some of the symptoms can include discolored patches (often times yellow) on the leaves between the veins, leaves dropping prematurely, root rot, blue mold-like spots on the taproot, late-developing pods and smaller-than-normal seeds, which ultimately lead to reduced yield.

    If you think you’ve detected SDS, contact your Stine regional sales agronomist to help confirm the disease. If SDS is confirmed, there really isn’t anything you can do for it this year, but in future years, there are preventive measures you can take to lessen the risk for SDS returning. Choosing soybean varieties that are SDS tolerant and seed treatments that are effective against the disease are options to discuss with your RSA. You’ll also want to take note of the problem areas so you can track those spots again next year. Typically, if SDS returns, it shows up in the same place each year.

    BSR has a lot of similar symptoms to SDS, including leaf discoloration, decreased pods and smaller seeds. However, to determine if your fields have BSR or SDS, you need to split open the root and see if the pith and stem are brown or white. If it’s brown, then it’s likely BSR, if it’s white, then it’s probably SDS.  

    In addition to selecting varieties that are BSR tolerant and using seed treatments, growers can find some relief from the disease through crop rotation, including multiple years of corn on corn, and tillage.

    For more information on how to detect and prevent SDS and BSR from occurring in your fields, talk to your regional sales agronomist.