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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    Salt Includer vs. Salt Excluder Soybeans

    October 03, 2018

    Posted by Mike Smith in Products

    A few years ago, we started including salt includer and salt excluder scores in the Stine Seed Catalog, which has prompted growers to ask about the difference between the two scores. The easiest way to explain is to differentiate the characteristics between salt includer and salt excluder soybeans.

    A salt includer is a “normal” soybean. These soybeans will quickly translocate salt or chloride to the top portion of the plant or the new growing points. This typically causes chlorosis or yellowing and often stops plants from growing, which leads to stunting and reduced yield.

    Salt excluder soybeans have a gene that enables them to segregate and exude the chloride to keep the plant from stunting and causing reduced yields. This is important in areas where salty irrigation water is used or near the coasts. It can also be beneficial in soils that are considered sodic or have spots of high salinity that tend to cause stunting and chlorosis of soybeans.

    While the majority of soybeans in our 2019 lineup are salt includers, we do have a number of options available for growers who need salt excluder soybeans. Ask your Stine sales rep to show you the lines we have available in our Stine® GT27™, LibertyLink® GT27, Enlist E3™, Roundup Ready 2 Xtend® and Roundup Ready 2 Yield® trait packages.

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    Harvest 2018 Commences

    September 26, 2018

    Posted by Stine Seed in Harvest

    According to the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s National Agricultural Statistics Service, both corn and soybean harvest are well underway throughout the United States. Their weekly report covers 18 states that harvested 94 percent of the corn acreage and 95 percent of the soybean acreage in 2017.

    As of September 23, 16 percent of corn has been harvested, slightly ahead of the 2013–2017 average of 11 percent. Corn conditions are listed as 22 percent excellent, 47 percent good, 19 percent fair and 12 percent in poor to very poor condition.

    Soybean harvest is listed as 14 percent complete, six percent ahead of the 2013–2017 average. Soybean conditions are listed as 19 percent excellent, 49 percent good, 22 percent fair and 10 percent as poor to very poor.

    While harvest is still in the early stages for Stine growers, early results have delivered on our Stine has yield promise. A Stine® 9709-G and 9808E-20 brand corn plot in Luka, Illinois, planted in the Stine Twin 20-inch row configuration at 36,000 population averaged 256 bushels per acre. In Breese, Illinois, a Stine grower chopped a 9808E-20 brand corn field planted at 38,000 population in 15-inch rows that yielded 250 bushels per acre. We’re also getting some really great yield reports from Stine GT27 and LibertyLink® GT27 brand soybeans, which we will reveal in an upcoming edition of Stine Weekly.

    Stay tuned in the coming weeks for more harvest updates, and don’t forget to talk to your local Stine sales rep about our corn and soybean lineup for 2019.

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    Safety: Your Number One Priority on the Farm

    September 17, 2018

    Posted by Stine Seed in Stine News

    It’s National Farm Safety and Health Week! Safety should be a top priority on the farm year-round, and it’s a great reminder as we enter the busy harvest season. In fact, harvest is a peak time for agriculture-related dangers and fatalities. According to Bankrate, agriculture is considered the sixth most dangerous profession in the United States. With the fall season approaching, Stine would like to help you stay safe and alert during the upcoming harvest with these tips.

    1. Adequate Training. Fully train the people who will use any farming equipment. A lack of experience or training can be a great risk to everyone on the farm. Whether it’s a new employee or your own child operating equipment for the first time, make sure they are properly trained to prevent the risk of injury to themselves and others. Consult your local extension or USDA office for farm safety training opportunities.
    2. Emergency Plan. Have a thorough crisis plan in place in the event of an accident, an injury, a death or a natural disaster. This plan should then be distributed and explained to everyone on your team to ensure thorough understanding of the proper actions to take in the event of an emergency.
    3. Road Safety. First and foremost, be aware of your surroundings. Check the internal gauges and precision technologies inside the equipment and then check outside for things you could potentially run into, including children, other equipment and power lines. If a seat belt is provided, use it! Adequate lighting is also crucial when on the road, especially to avoid animals, other drivers and road hazards.
    4. Maintenance of Equipment. Maintain your equipment according to the manufacturer’s recommendations for safety usage. 
    5. Take Care of Yourself. One of the most important tips is to be sure that you and your team receive adequate rest, food and hydration. Without a well-rested team, you are more prone to accidents, injuries and other setbacks.
    6. Grain Bin Safety. Grain bin safety is crucial this time of year. Wear a mask in and around grain bins and silos to prevent diseases or conditions related to dust and gas inhalation. And take extra caution when working in or around grain bins, vertical elevators and augers. Always have another person present as you enter a bin, and secure yourself to a harness or rope to ensure you have a solid escape mechanism.

    At Stine, we are firm believers in practicing safety in the field, especially during harvest. We encourage you all to be aware of your own limits and surroundings, and always have an emergency plan in place.

    For more tips on harvest safety, contact your local Stine sales rep.