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. 

  • Reflecting on 2023
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    Reflecting on 2023

    December 28, 2023

    Posted by Stine Seed in Stine News

    As we approach a new year, we’re excited for what the future holds for our grower customers but would be remiss to not reflect on the milestones achieved in 2023.  From expanding our international presence to celebrating the anniversary of the Stine® brand, we’re grateful for the people who helped us achieve these successes. Here are some of the highlights of our year.

    1.  Marked our 45th year of the Stine brand. We kicked off our 45th year of seed sales under the Stine Seed Company brand this summer. To commemorate this important milestone, we met with members of the media to share our story, interviewed company president Myron Stine on the significance of the anniversary, and launched creative branding and messaging surrounding the anniversary, including our 2024 kickoff video.

    2. Experienced national and global growth. In July, we announced the expansion of our retail brand into Canada, bringing Stine’s global presence to 14 countries worldwide. We also expanded our reach in the United States, with seed sales in 30 states across the country and 800 employees and sales agents to support our grower network from coast to coast.

    3. Boldly positioned Stine as the inventor of short corn. As our industry competitors spread news of their innovative short-stature corn products, Stine has maintained that we had short corn first, then we perfected it. We recognized this trend decades ago, so we’ve had more time to produce more high-yielding lines of short corn in a broader range of maturities than our competition. Check out some of the industry articles on our position and this podcast episode from Myron Stine on the topic.

    4. Maintained our standing as the leader in Enlist E3® soybeans. More than half of the U.S. soybean acres will be planted with Enlist E3 soybeans in 2024, and Stine is well positioned to continue our leadership in offering the most Enlist E3 lines in the broadest range of maturities to our grower customers.

    5. Celebrated our 50th episode of the Stine Seedcast. In September, we commemorated our 50th episode of the Stine Seedcast with company founder Harry Stine. Harry reviewed the history of the Stine Seed Farm, it’s current position in the industry and his hopes for the company in the future. Listen to the episode on your favorite podcast platform.

    6. Introduced Stine’s Prescriptive Pathogen Report. We launched Stine’s Prescriptive Pathogen Report, available in 2024 and powered by Pattern Ag. The program is available to Stine’s Corn Loyalty level customers at a special discounted price and helps accurately predict future risk for corn rootworm, one of the most damaging soil-born, yield-robbing pests. Learn more about the report here or connect with your local Stine sales representative for details.

    7. Partnered with Make-A-Wish® Iowa for Stine Harvesting Wishes
      Stine and our grower customers now have the opportunity to grant wishes for critically ill children in the communities we serve. In partnership with Make-A-Wish Iowa, the Harvesting Wishes Program connects the agriculture community with children waiting for their wishes to be granted. For the next planting season, Stine corn customers donating to Make-A-Wish can earn a $20/unit discount on all full-price increase corn units purchased, shipped and planted in 2024. Donations can go toward granting wishes in the customer’s community of choice. Any bit helps, and we look forward to expanding this important initiative from coast to coast. View HarvestingWishes.com or work with your sales representative for more details.

    On behalf of everyone at Stine, thank you for a great year. We’re so thankful for your support in 2023 and are excited for what lies ahead. Your hard work is foundational to our success, and Stine looks forward to another year of growth and prosperity with our grower customers by our side.

  • Season’s Greetings from Stine®
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    Season’s Greetings from Stine®

    December 21, 2023

    Posted by Stine Seed in Stine News

    The magic of the holiday season is all around. With the hustle and bustle of harvest behind us, we hope you’re looking forward to the warmth and joy this time of year brings.

    At Stine®, we are grateful for time spent with our grower customers in the field and the STINE HAS YIELD promise being delivered across the country. We’re also excited for the 2024 season and its opportunities.

    “With each passing year, I’m amazed by the incredible people we get to work with every day," says Myron Stine, company president. “The work of agriculture is never done, but I hope everyone can take a few moments to enjoy a wonderful holiday season.” 

    Happy holidays to all our customers here and abroad, and thanks for your continued commitment to Stine.

  • Thankful for …
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    Thankful for …

    November 22, 2023

    Posted by Stine Seed in Stine News

    As you gather with family, friends and loved ones for Thanksgiving tomorrow, we at Stine® want to express our deepest gratitude for your support in 2023. We are incredibly blessed to work with wonderfully talented employees and sales team members, an outstanding dealer and conditioner network, dedicated business partners and hardworking grower customers.

    To celebrate the spirit of Thanksgiving, we asked our agronomy team to share what they are most grateful for this year. We hope their responses bring you all the joy and warmth of the season. Happy Thanksgiving from our Stine family to yours! 

    Daniel Greblunas, field agronomist (Nebraska and Kansas)
    Thanksgiving seems to mark the time in the year when my area tends to slow down a little. Farmers have an opportunity to look back on the trials and tribulations they went through during the growing and harvest season to get them to completion. In my personal life, I am very thankful for the health and safety of my friends and family. I am also thankful to have a nice home, two energy-filled dogs and a wonderful wife. Professionally, I am very thankful for the people who I work with, both within Stine and the producers I get to meet throughout the week. The Stine family is very close and is always willing to help tackle any problem you may be facing. Whether I am using their ground for a plot or sitting down to talk with them about Stine, the producers I have worked with have been amazing. They are always friendly, engaging and want to learn about anything new that we may be seeing in the field.

    Bill Kessinger, technical agronomist (Indiana, Michigan and Ohio)
    I am thankful for the people I get to spend my time around. I am first grateful for my family. Where you find one of us, you can almost always find all of us nearby. We work the farm together and battle it out on the sports fields or mats together.  Secondly, I am thankful for the people I work with at Stine. I get to spend a lot of time across a large geography of this great country, and our team is second to none in every part of it. I am truly blessed by the people I am surrounded by every day.

    Adam Sills, technical agronomist (Minnesota, Wisconsin and eastern Iowa)
    I am very thankful for family, my Stine family and having another healthy harvest season and year.

    Faith Hedrick, field agronomist (Illinois)
    This year, I’m thankful for quite a lot. It’s hard to sum it all up! I’m very lucky both professionally and personally. I had the opportunity to take an agronomy position with Stine at the beginning of the summer after finishing my degree at the University of Illinois. I couldn’t be more thankful for the opportunity to learn and grow with this company. I’m also very thankful for the personal growth this year has brought me. I am also grateful for the amazing family and friends I’m so fortunate to have in my life.

    Tyler Dubay, soybean technical agronomist (Illinois)
    I’m thankful for the work-life harmony Stine promotes. They express the importance of family first even when times are tough during harvest, and everyone at Stine works hard when we are working!