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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    High-Yielding Stine® Elite® Soybeans

    March 07, 2018

    Posted by Stine Seed in Products

    If you’re a soybean grower, chances are you’ve planted soybeans that originated with Stine. A majority of the soybean genetics planted in the United States today start with us — a testament to our outstanding breeding program. To ensure only the highest-yielding varieties carry the Stine name, we spend more than six years breeding and testing soybean lines. Only the top five percent of our pre-Elite varieties advance into Stine’s Elite Yield Trials to undergo rigorous testing for maturity, yield and standability. The soybeans that come out of these trials represent our newest, highest-yielding material.

    Our Stine® Elite® Soybean lineup is made up of our newest and most trusted non-traited soybean varieties and are an excellent option for growers who prefer conventional systems. Growers can choose from a broad selection of 28 Elite soybean options, which come in an array of maturities, ranging from an 06 to a 44. Some of the new varieties in our Elite soybean lineup this year include:  

    Stine 07J22 Brand Soybeans — Stine 07J22 brand soybeans are a 07/08 maturity variety that yielded 104.4 percent of trial average in Stine’s Elite Yield Trials. The variety features a medium to shorter-than-average plant height for good emergence and standability. It also boasts a salt includer and resistance to Phytophthora root rot and SCN (peking), in addition to stem canker resistance. Learn more here.

    Stine 24J02 Brand Soybeans — This is a 24 maturity variety that has exceptional yield potential. This variety yielded 107.0 percent of trial average in Stine’s Elite Yield Trials. It has a very good rating for emergence and standability, in addition to Phytophthora root rot tolerance. Learn more here.

    Stine 35J02 Brand Soybeans — Stine 35J02 brand soybeans are known for their superior yield potential. This 35 maturity variety yielded 108.3 percent of trial average in Stine’s Elite Yield Trials. It also features resistance to stem canker, SCN, Phytophthora root rot and boasts good resistance against sudden death syndrome. Learn more.

    Stine 44J02 Brand Soybeans — This 44 maturity variety features a medium plant height with salt includer. It holds a very good rating for emergence and standability, in addition to Rps 1a Phytophthora root rot resistance. It’s also brown stem rot, stem canker and SCN resistant. This variety boasts outstanding yield potential and yielded 105.0 percent of trial average in Stine’s Elite Yield Trials. Learn more here.

    With an unmatched breeding program and a reputation for the finest genetics in the industry, it’s easy to see why growers choose Stine Elite Soybeans. Whether your situation calls for SCN resistance, Rps1k Phytophthora tolerance or just the highest-yielding genetics available, consider Stine Elite Soybeans.

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    Planting Prep and Safety Tips

    February 28, 2018

    Posted by Aaron Stockton in Planting

    We’re 20 days out from the first day of spring. That means it’s time to dust off your planting plan. One of the big-ticket items on your checklist as spring rolls around should be to prepare your equipment for what lies ahead. Here are some recommendations to ensure your field and equipment are ready to go come spring planting season.  

    1. Make sure the software is up to date. If you are using a variable rate or precision planter, make sure everything is properly programmed and in working order. If you don’t have this technology for your planter, look at your field maps and make adjustments manually. Calibrate all meters and field-mapping software. Make sure that all adjustments are made prior to planting to ensure proper seed placement and desired population.
    2. If you’re a no-till grower, make sure you’ve prepped your planter so that it will achieve proper soil penetration and seed placement. Make sure you’ve cleaned the wheels, cut the blades and tested the equipment to make proper seed furrows.  
    3. Check equipment for signs of wear and tear. Check bearings, seals, openers, row cleaners, closing wheels, vacuum/air lines, tires and seed tubes for signs of rust, cracks and loose ends. Fix and/or replace parts as necessary to ensure the equipment runs smoothly and won’t result in uneven spacing or improper seed-to-soil contact.
    4. Check the field and weather conditions before you plant. If the soil is too wet, you risk side wall compaction which can affect plant stand and emergence. I recommend waiting until the ground temperature holds steady at 50 degrees for at least three days before planting. Ensuring your equipment is operating properly before hitting the field will also help prevent compaction.
    5. Inclement weather can delay planting, so it’s important to be in contact with your Stine seed representative to discuss corn hybrid and soybean variety placement on each acre. If planting is delayed, you may need to consider a different maturity. If soils are cool, it is important to make sure you are planting a hybrid with a good cold emergence rating. This will help give that field some added vigor when trying to emerge in cooler than desired soil temps. Your Stine sales representative can assist you with any last-minute seed placement decisions.

    For more tips for planting season, contact your local Stine sales rep.

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    Introducing My Stine Stories

    February 21, 2018

    Posted by Stine Seed in Stine News

    You’re likely familiar with our I Choose Stine grower testimonial stories, where we interview growers across the Corn Belt about their farming operations and experience with Stine. While we continue to collect testimonials from growers to showcase the value of Stine’s high-yielding genetics, we also began to spend time with another valuable audience — our employees.

    In 2017, we spent time talking with Stine leadership and regional sales agronomists about their path to Stine, what Stine means to them and what keeps customers coming back year after year, along with a few fun facts about their life. Throughout the next few months, Stine will introduce their stories in a series of videos, where the employees share their real-world experience — no actors, scripts or elaborate sets. Introducing — My Stine Stories.

    We encourage you to follow us on Facebook to watch for the videos as we release them over the coming months. These videos will give you the opportunity to get to know our employees and better understand our culture at Stine and the importance we place on family, traditional farm values and delivering the highest yielding genetics to growers faster than the competition.

    First up — Myron Stine. As president of Stine, Myron proudly supports the family business by providing direction in marketing strategies and sales force infrastructure. Myron understands the importance of working hard and developing relationships and has worked his way up in the organization, where he first started as a district sales manager. Enjoy Myron’s My Stine Story.