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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    Consider All Your Seed Options for 2018

    February 07, 2018

    Posted by Stine Seed in Planting

    If you haven’t finalized your seed selection for 2018, there’s still time. Stine® has a wide range of high-yielding hybrids in our 2018 seed corn lineup, which makes it easy to choose the right seed for your field. And, with the industry’s largest soybean breeding program, we have an unmatched selection of high-performing varieties in every maturity range with the trait packages growers want. Consider these Stine corn hybrids and soybean varieties for your acres in 2018.  

    Stine Conventional Corn: Not every situation calls for traits. Stine is one of the only corn companies that actively develops NEW conventional genetics to sell to growers. While most seed companies are aligned with a specific line of insect or herbicide-tolerant traits, as an independent seed company, Stine keeps its base breeding program conventional. This allows us to work with any trait or trait provider, while also allowing us to bring brand new conventional genetics to the market. Stine is excited to offer some very promising new conventional lines for 2018, along with conventional versions of some of our most trusted genetics. Learn more about Stine conventional corn in this video.

    Stine Agrisure® Corn: Stine has a complete lineup of Agrisure trait options for growers. From herbicide options to season-long insect protection, the Stine Agrisure portfolio continues to be one of the top-performing corn trait packages in our lineup. One of the newest powerful trait platforms is Stine Agrisure Duracade® brand corn, which is an excellent option for growers experiencing heavy corn rootworm pressure. While growers may have uncertainties about planting Duracade in 2018 because the trait lacks registration in certain international markets, with a stewardship plan in place, growers can still sell their seed in the United States and Canada or utilize it for livestock feeding. Approximately 1,800 locations around the country are accepting Duracade traited corn, making it more convenient for growers across the Corn Belt to sell their crop. Learn more about Stine Agrisure Duracade brand corn.

    Stine HP Corn®: A number of our traited and non-traited hybrids feature the Stine HP Corn designation. Stine HP Corn is our one-of-a-kind corn hybrid line created specifically for high-population environments. These hybrids tend to be shorter and narrower in stature and feature the stalk strength and disease package to thrive when planted in higher densities, helping growers achieve outstanding yields — in some cases, the highest yields they’ve ever seen. Learn more about Stine HP Corn

    Stine LibertyLink® Soybeans: More and more growers are turning to Stine LibertyLink soybeans for outstanding yields and weed control. Stine LibertyLink soybeans combine high-yielding genetics with outstanding crop safety through built-in tolerance to Liberty® herbicide. Liberty herbicide controls more than 120 broadleaf weeds and grasses, including ALS- and glyphosate-resistant weeds. What's more, there is no documented weed resistance to the unique mode of action of Liberty worldwide in broadacre crops. Learn more.

    Stine GT 27 Soybeans: Stine is pleased to offer new Stine GT 27 brand soybeans. The latest trait option in our soybean portfolio, Stine GT 27 brand soybeans feature high-yielding genetics with the benefits of weed control in a glyphosate-tolerant soybean system. In 2017, we surveyed Stine growers who planted Stine GT 27 brand soybeans for the first time, and many noted that Stine GT 27 generated their highest yields to date. Learn more here.

    Stine Elite Soybeans: Whether your situation calls for SCN resistance, Rps1k Phytophthora tolerance or just the highest yielding genetics available today, Stine Elite soybeans should be your top choice for maximum yields. Learn more about Stine Elite Soybeans here.

    To view our full lineup of corn and soybeans, check out our 2018 Stine Seed Catalog.

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    Seed Treatments 101

    January 31, 2018

    Posted by Mike Smith in Products

    Seed treatments can bring great value to a grower, especially those dealing with increased insect and disease pressure. That being said, with the number of seed treatment products on the market, some confusion can come about as companies market their products as the best and most effective. This is why it’s important to start at the beginning — get to know the basics about seed treatments before you select the product that will help give you the best return on your seed investment.

    There are four basic tips to remember when selecting a seed treatment: 

    1. Genetics are still number one. Seed treatments protect only the genetic potential of the seed. They cannot enhance the yield capability of the seed you buy. Always make sure you choose the best genetics on the market.
    2. Know the product’s ingredients. Several ingredients in seed treatments give them value. Understand the product and its strengths and weaknesses when deciding which to use.
    3. Understand the necessary rates and units. Simply having a product in the mix doesn’t make it effective in all circumstances. Know the product, and know the necessary rate to target pests.
    4. Know the three components of seed treatments — fungicides, insecticides and additives.
      Fungicides protect your seed investment against unwanted soil-borne pathogens such as Pythium spp., Phytophthora spp., Rhizoctonia solani, Fusarium spp., and seed-borne Phomopsis and Sclerotinia.
      Insecticides protect your seed investment from below-ground pests, such as wireworms, seedcorn maggots and white grubs. They also provide early-season protection (generally through v5) of above-ground pests such as various worm species, bean leaf beetles, aphids and thrips. It’s important to note, however, that the protection will only last as long as the dosage stays lethal in the plant. Growers need to continue to monitor pests for post-emergent spraying.
      Additives are an additional benefit to the product. They often times provide a convenient way to apply the product and provide early-season benefits. These can include nematicide, planting polymers, innoculants and/or bio-stimulants and boosters.

    Soybean growers interested in a seed treatment for 2018 should consider Stine® XP soybean seed treatments, which offer growers protection from early seedling diseases and insects that cut into yields and threaten your bottom line. Environmental stressors can wreak havoc on seedlings before, during and after emergence, slowing the germination process and, in some cases, resulting in death of the plant. Stine XP soybean seed treatments protect the soybean seed during its most vulnerable time, encouraging good early vigor and helping ward off the early onset of insects and diseases.

    For questions on seed treatments, including our lineup of Stine XP soybean seed treatments, talk to your local Stine sales representative and regional sales agronomist.

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    Consult with A Stine Sales Rep for Your 2018 Planting Plan

    January 24, 2018

    Posted by Stine Seed in Stine News

    Stine is growing, and so is our team of highly dedicated sales agronomists. Our experts in the field are available to provide growers across the country product and crop management knowledge to help maximize potential of each and every acre they operate.  

    “We strive to be a true partner — someone who can be trusted, an advisor on that farm. And our folks are trained in such a way to bring that value to the farmer… We’re not out just trying to sell a bag of seed, we’re out to bring value and help the farm grow.” — RSA Luke Crawford

    Stine’s sales team members take their cues from farmers throughout their sales region(s). They know what works and what doesn’t in their areas because they spend the entire planting, growing and harvest season in the field, fine-tuning their knowledge about why certain hybrids outperform others in certain soil types and which soybean herbicide programs are really working. They know your neighbors and your neighbors’ neighbors and which products have benefited those farms.

    “They are strategically located throughout our area, and these guys, they KNOW because they are out in the fields every day…They are a good source of local information that really needs to be utilized.” — RSA Kevin Ryan

    Stine sales reps are your one-stop resource for agronomy. Don’t hesitate to contact them at any time, especially now when it’s time to map out your planting plan for 2018. If you’re unsure who your local sales rep may be, visit our website to find out.