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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    Stine Agrisure Trait Corn

    April 11, 2017

    Posted by Stine Seed in Products

    From season-long insect protection to built-in herbicide tolerance, Stine® corn featuring Agrisure® traits is in high demand this planting season. Here’s why:

    1. High-yielding genetics. Stine brand corn featuring Agrisure traits combines some of the industry’s most powerful trait packages with Stine’s high-yielding elite genetics to deliver exceptional hybrids with superior yields.
    2. Insect control. The Agrisure portfolio of traits boasts excellent above-ground insect protection against common corn pests such as corn rootworm and European corn borer. The Agrisure Viptera® 3110 trait, in particular, provides excellent control of European corn borer, southwestern corn borer, southern cornstalk borer, corn earworm, fall armyworm, dingy cutworm, beet armyworm, black cutworm, western bean cutworm, sugarcane borer and common stalk borer.
    3. Herbicide tolerance. Stine corn with Agrisure traits features herbicide tolerance, including several trait options that confer tolerance to in-season applications of glufosinate and glyphosate. Agrisure® GT/CB/LL combines the benefits of Agrisure® GT and Agrisure® CB/LL's trait technologies into a single hybrid with proven season-long corn borer protection and an inbred tolerance to glyphosate and Liberty® herbicide.
    4. Refuge options. Stine offers a wide selection of non-insect traited corn to allow growers to manage refuge their way. In addition, Agrisure Viptera® 3220 E-Z Refuge®, Agrisure® 3122 E-Z Refuge® and Agrisure Duracade® 5222 E-Z Refuge® brand corn offer growers high-yielding genetics for broad-spectrum lepidopteran control with the convenience of five percent integrated corn borer refuge in bag (E-Z Refuge).
    5. Choice. Stine delivers the best options for growers’ fields, including more than 30 Stine hybrids featuring one of eight different Agrisure trait packages. And we look forward to adding additional Agrisure Duracade® trait stacks to our lineup, which contain a unique mode of action to tackle western, northern and Mexican corn rootworm.

    For more information on Stine’s Agrisure trait corn, talk to your local Stine sales rep or visit our website.


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    The Importance of Crop Rotation

    April 05, 2017

    Posted by Stine Seed in Crop Management

    Weeds are smart. Over time, they develop tolerance to various herbicide modes of action, including glyphosate, ALS, PPO, dicamba and triazine. In fact, many resistant weeds are becoming such a threat to rural areas that they are referred to as noxious weeds, or “super weeds.” Legislators in the Iowa Senate recently approved a bill that would classify Palmer amaranth as a noxious weed as it continues to threaten crops across the state. Minnesota is another state that has added Palmer amaranth on its list of noxious weeds to ensure the state has the proper authority to help eradicate and stop the spread of the weed. 

    Whether part of our planting plan or not, instituting crop rotation for weed control becomes more necessary each year. Weeds eventually find ways to outsmart herbicide modes of action when the same herbicide, traits and crops are repeatedly used. Not only is crop rotation a good stewardship practice, but it’s also vital to the well-being of our crops. Luckily, we have many options that growers can use in their rotation to help manage resistant weeds, including herbicide-tolerant traits such as LibertyLink® and Agrisure®.

    With LibertyLink soybeans, growers can enjoy high-yielding genetics and outstanding crop safety through built-in tolerance to fast-acting Liberty® herbicide. Liberty herbicide controls more than 120 broadleaf weeds and grasses, including ALS- and glyphosate-resistant weeds. And to date, there is no documented weed resistance to Liberty worldwide.

    We also carry several options of Agrisure traited corn, many of which include the LibertyLink trait. Agrisure® GT/CB/LL, for example, combines the benefits of Agrisure® GT and Agrisure® CB/LL's trait technologies into a single hybrid. This triple-stack trait has built-in tolerance to both glyphosate and Liberty herbicide.

    With a number of corn hybrids and soybean varieties in our lineup, Stine offers growers the freedom to choose their preferred herbicide to help tackle weed resistance one field at a time. To learn more about our corn and soybean lineup or to discuss your crop rotation plans with an agronomist, contact your local Stine regional sales rep.

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    Planting Prep Underway

    March 28, 2017

    Posted by Stine Seed in Planting

    In most areas of the Corn Belt, preparations for planting season are well underway. Farmers are busy monitoring soil conditions and temperatures and prepping their equipment before they get in the field.

    Planter Maintenance

    Making sure planters are properly maintained and safely prepped for planting season is an important topic in the industry right now. As Michael Gustafson of Iowa Farmer Today recently wrote, “the planter really sets the stage for a successful crop.” Planters need to be properly maintained to ensure the correct spacing and seed depth are set and that all systems run smoothly so that there aren’t any equipment problems that could cause delays in planting. To ensure proper seed placement, growers need to make sure that the row units are in good shape and the seed tubes aren’t showing any signs of wear. Disc blades need to be inspected to make sure there aren’t any chips and cracks, and gauge wheels need to be in good shape to make sure the row units are in proper contact with the ground. Having a fully functional planter really does set the stage for the entire season, and Michael Gustafson provides some excellent tips to prep your planter this season.

    Field Monitoring

    Weather is also a big-ticket item for growers right now. If temperatures remain above average for many parts of the corn-growing areas, soil temperatures will increase, which may mean an earlier start for corn planting. Of course, above average rainfall in April can cause growers to switch some of their planned corn acres to soybeans. It is recommended that growers wait until the soil temperature reaches at least 50 degrees for three or more consecutive days before they begin planting to help ensure good germination and emergence. Growers should also try to avoid planting in cool, wet and water-logged soil, which can lead to long-term problems such as sidewall compaction, poor seed/soil contact, poor germination and inconsistent stands. Monitor field conditions on an individual basis and plant when the field is fit. To help your planting prep, check out Ag Professional’s recent article that highlights the Midwest weather outlook.