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. 

  • Introducing STRYVE
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    Introducing STRYVE

    February 16, 2024

    Posted by Stine Seed in Technology

    Big things are coming to a field near you. Now introducing STRYVE™ — a new comprehensive seed treatment formulation engineered exclusively for Stine®.  

    A collaboration with My Yield, a total seed treatment solution company, this new soybean seed treatment features four fungicide modes of action and enhanced active ingredient delivery, protecting your seed from the start. STRYVE couples a foundational biological combination with a complex carbon food source to deliver improved plant health and yield.

    “Stine is excited to offer this exclusive new seed treatment for growers in 2024,” says Myron Stine, company president. “We are always looking for ways to protect yield potential for our customers.”

    STRYVE’s custom formulation uses key nutrients and organic acids that promote faster germination, improved nutrient uptake, enhanced root development and prolonged plant health. The components of the seed treatment tackle pythium, phytophthora, rhizoctonia and fusarium-based diseases. It also features an impressive micronutrient package that fuels the crop and takes yield further.

    “We’re excited to partner with Stine in its mission to deliver maximum performance to the grower — catalyzing Stine’s leading genetics with STRYVE’s unique horsepower will do just that,” says My Yield’s Charlie McKenna.

    STRYVE is yet another option in our lineup of seed treatments designed to preserve the yield potential of Stine soybean genetics. Our four other custom formulations include:

    Stine XP Complete: A combination of fungicide and insecticide that includes Heads Up® for white mold suppression and is backed with Thiabendazole 4L ST for enhanced fusarium activity and Azoxystrobin 100 ST for Rhizoctonia protection.

    Stine XP F&I: A combination fungicide and insecticide package that offers great protection against rhizoctonia solani, fusarium, seed-borne phomopsis and sclerotinia. It also safeguards against insects such as wireworms, seedcorn maggots, bean leaf beetles and thrips.

    Stine XP F&I with BIOST® Nematicide: A combination fungicide and insecticide package with an innovative broad spectrum seed treatment nematicide for soybeans experiencing heavy nematode pressure.

    Stine XP-F: A fungicide-only blend that protects against diseases such as pythium, phytophthora, rhizoctonia solani, fusarium, seed-borne phomopsis and sclerotinia.

    Fortify your seed investment with one of Stine’s custom XP seed treatment formulations this planting and growing season. Learn about our lineup, including our latest option — STRYVE — exclusively available to Stine grower customers today. Contact your local Stine sales rep for more information.

  • Introducing Stine's Prescriptive Pathogen Report
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    Introducing Stine's Prescriptive Pathogen Report

    October 19, 2023

    Posted by Stine Seed in Technology

    At Stine®, we prioritize our grower customers’ needs, so we always look for new ways to help maximize yields and ROI. This is why we focus on delivering the highest-yielding genetics coupled with outstanding agronomic support.

    New for 2024, we are pleased to offer Stine’s Prescriptive Pathogen Report, powered by Pattern Ag. Available at a special discounted price to Stine’s Corn Loyalty level customers, the Prescriptive Pathogen Report is designed to help growers accurately predict their future risk for corn rootworm, one of the most damaging soil-born, yield-robbing pests.

    How does it work?
    The methodology behind the Prescriptive Pathogen Report includes a highly sensitive and specific test that can accurately predict your field pressure and economic risk for next season.

    By utilizing precise DNA analysis from soil samples, we can measure the presence and abundance of target organisms. Data collected from the soil samples is then translated into actionable agronomic insights that growers can employ for best results. This testing method is so accurate that it can detect a single egg in just a one-pound soil sample.

    The results delivered by the Prescriptive Pathogen Report allow participants to build a comprehensive crop plan to help them select the optimal genetics, traits and seed treatments for their unique situation, maximize yield potential and eliminate hidden risks.

    “Through advanced DNA analysis, the Prescriptive Pathogen Report can help predict a field’s risk for corn rootworm with a high degree of accuracy,” says David Thompson, Stine’s national marketing and sales director. “This is an innovative and yield-saving benefit that we’re pleased to offer our Corn Loyalty level customers this year. With the nominal cost upfront for the program, it truly pays for itself — and then some — in the long run.”

    Availability
    The Prescriptive Pathogen Report is being made available to Stine Corn Loyalty customers for a cost of $1.50 per corn acre planted to Stine brand corn. This is a fraction of the total cost of this service, with the balance covered by Stine.

    Getting started with this solution is easy; the process includes four simple steps.

    1. Growers connect with their local Stine representative to complete their 2024 account paperwork and select the “Corn Loyalty” offer.
    2. Once account paperwork has been processed, a program representative will reach out to confirm interest and eligibility and to start the setup process.
    3. Next, the grower will connect with the sampling service to let them know when fields are harvested and ready to sample.
    4. Once samples are taken and analyzed, growers should anticipate a two-week turnaround for delivery of their Prescriptive Pathogen Report.

    Growers interested in taking advantage of this unique and innovative solution can connect with their Stine rep today to get started.

    “The sooner growers sign up, the sooner they can put this information to work in developing a winning plan for 2024,” says Thompson.

  • Stine® Seed … the original short-stature corn company
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    Stine® Seed … the original short-stature corn company

    September 22, 2022

    Posted by Stine Seed in Technology

    The ag industry is abuzz with conversations of a revolution. Short-stature corn is changing the game, and more seed companies than ever before are starting to play. At Stine®, we’re elated the rest of the industry is leaping forward with this way of thinking — a mindset that short-stature corn is the way of the future. We are proud to have been at the forefront of this revolution for the past three decades. Now, we are well positioned to offer growers short-stature corn products that have been time-tested, generation after generation, for ultimate yield performance.

    The origins of Stine short-stature corn
    “We stumbled upon short-stature corn by accident,” says Stine President Myron Stine. “We began breeding corn in the 1970s, but what we didn’t realize then is that with each passing year, our hybrids were getting shorter and shorter. Essentially, we were selecting the highest-yielding genetics in our program to move on to the next generation, and our highest-yielding germplasm just so happened to be from shorter plants. It wasn’t until the mid-1990s that this became apparent after we started looking at plant height in our plots.”

    Since our corn breeding program’s inception, the main criteria we’ve used to select the genetic material that advances to future generations are standability and yield. As history tells us, the highest yield is produced in high-population environments. Simply put, the more plants per acre, the more yield. This knowledge has always steered us to select products that handle the stress of being in higher populations and advance those through our breeding program. 

    “We didn’t purposefully get into short-stature corn; our breeding process brought that to us,” says Stine. “Now, we know it’s the way of the future.”

    Our position in the industry
    Our winter nursery work has allowed us to produce more generations of short-stature corn each year — faster than other seed companies in the industry. Our shorter material has evolved to produce plants that have better standability, more upright leaves for better utilization of sunlight, ideal ear placement, less biomass and the ability to thrive in higher population environments.

    “Our advantage in the industry is that we’ve been working with short-stature corn a lot longer than our competitors,” says Stine. “We’re probably about 50 to 60 generations ahead of the rest of the industry because we recognized its value early on. Now, Stine has some of the most refined short-stature germplasm in the industry.”

    However, while our hybrids have always been shorter in stature compared to competitors, they’re likely not going to get any shorter.

    “We feel we’ve hit the sweet spot for short-stature corn,” says Stine. “We once tested very, very short corn, and it failed. I don’t believe it will continue to get shorter at this point. Our focus is to continue to produce the most efficient plants that can thrive in higher populations.”

    Features and benefits
    Short-stature corn is more efficient. The shorter architecture of the plants not only allows for better standability but also makes more efficient use of nature’s resources. With our corn, in particular, the hybrids are designed to have a more upright leaf structure so the plants can harvest more sunlight; shorter tassels that are closer to the ear for pollination, and better ear placement ideal for harvestability. Our short-stature corn also produces less biomass, leaving less residue after harvest. And most importantly, our short-stature corn thrives in high-population environments — the key to getting higher yields.

    “As we move to high-population environments, shorter plants tend to fare better than taller plants because they make better use of the space they’re allowed in,” says Stine. “With our hybrids, we’ve figured out the secret to putting grain on the plant — a much shorter plant — and in higher populations. It’s truly a revolution in corn production.”

    To learn more about our short-stature corn, contact your local Stine sales rep or regional sales agronomist.