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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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    Stine® Agrisure® Duracade Brand Corn: Stopping Corn Rootworm Dead in its Tracks

    January 10, 2018

    Posted by Stine Seed in Planting

    One of our newer trait platforms, Stine Agrisure® Duracade® brand corn boasts powerful insect control and should be top of mind for growers who experienced corn rootworm pressure in 2017. In addition to above-ground insect protection of more than 16 yield-robbing pests, Stine Agrisure Duracade brand corn features the high-yielding genetics growers are accustomed to with Stine coupled with five percent integrated refuge in bag.

    What makes Stine Agrisure Duracade stand out from other insect control trait packages? The Agrisure Duracade trait stack delivers a unique protein that binds to the gut of corn rootworms unlike any other option on the market. As a result, corn rootworms are effectively controlled as soon as the larvae hatch and before they begin feeding on corn roots, which can result in weak, underdeveloped roots, decreased nutrient uptake, standability issues, reduced grain fill and poor overall plant health.

    Growers are sure to increase their bottom line with Stine’s lineup of Agrisure Duracade hybrids. Agrisure Duracade 5222 E-Z Refuge® features the Agrisure RW trait in addition to Duracade, specifically designed to tackle corn rootworm, as well as Agrisure Viptera® for above-ground insect control. Agrisure 5122 E-Z Refuge is an option for both above- and below-ground insects, protecting growers’ acres against the corn borer in addition to corn rootworm.

    While Agrisure Duracade is approved for sale in the United States and Canada and for export to several international markets, it still lacks a few key approvals overseas. However, growers can work with Gavilon Grain, LLC, to find a local grain elevator or other approved location that accepts Duracade traited corn by calling Gavilon at (844) 559-1500. Growers also have the option to use the hybrids for silage.

    To learn more about Stine Agrisure Duracade brand corn, contact your local Stine sales representative.

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    Look To Stine’s Conventional Corn For Big Profits in 2018

    January 03, 2018

    Posted by Stine Seed in Products

    Genetics are the cornerstone of any high-yielding corn seed. While traits should never be an afterthought, remember that elite germplasm is what really drives yield. Stine® is home to one of the most prolific, highest-yielding corn breeding programs in the world; our Elite Yield Trials evaluate tens of thousands of lines to deliver more consistent, high-yielding corn genetics to growers’ fields faster than ever, including our lineup of conventional seed corn. In fact, since all of Stine’s corn inbreds begin as conventional, that means that our conventional seed corn represents the newest, highest-yielding corn genetics that Stine has to offer.

    Stine is excited to offer some very promising new conventional lines for 2018, as well as conventional versions of some of Stine’s most trusted genetics. Some of those conventional lines are designated HP Corn®, which means that they are built to provide maximum returns when planted at higher populations. Stine genetics are known for excellent standability, strong performance in various soil types and environments, good stress tolerance in variable field conditions, excellent drydown for earlier harvest and the ability to thrive in different row configurations.

    If managing weeds in conventional corn is weighing on your mind, the good news is there are plenty of alternatives. Pre-emerge products such as Dual II Magnum®, AAtrex® and Callisto® can be used as a burndown in no-till systems and as post-plant prior to emergence. Post-emerge products such as Steadfast® Q and Callisto® + Atrazine can help control grasses and broadleaves through harvest. If pest pressure becomes a concern, there are also a number of post-emerge products to help control pests like European corn borer, western bean cutworm and corn earworm, as well as provide moderate control of corn rootworm. Products such as Capture® LFR®, Lorsban® 15G and SmartChoice® offer below-ground protection when properly applied; and Baythroid® XL, Lorsban® and Warrior II offer above-ground protection (early and late). Remember to always consult the label for local restrictions, crop height restrictions and pre-harvest intervals prior to use of these products.

    If you are interested in learning more about Stine’s powerful lineup of conventional corn genetics and best management practices for producing higher yields, work with your local Stine independent sales representative or regional sales agronomist to help choose the right corn seed for your farm.