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 Conventional Corn: Increasing ROI without Decreasing Yields

    March 20, 2019

    Posted by Bill Kessinger in Products

    At Stine, we get asked a lot about our conventional corn. Because many people know Stine for our large soybean breeding program, they may not know we also breed a lot of corn. This puts us in a unique position because we are a genetics company first, and the base of our breeding program is conventional. In fact, we’re one of the only corn companies that actively develops new conventional genetics.

    Stine also has the advantage of being an independent, family-owned seed company. While we collaborate with trait platforms and trait providers, we are not solely tied to those products and companies. We have the ability to work with any trait or trait provider, allowing us to bring brand new conventional genetics to the market faster than the competition.

    Why is this important? Growers right now are looking for ways to save money. My main recommendation to growers is to not cut costs by selecting a lower-quality hybrid. You need the highest yield potential possible to have the highest revenue. So, when growers are trying to select hybrids, I recommend they find the highest-yielding hybrid and then try to find the best trait platform that fits their program. I recommend looking for the best herbicide and insect platforms for their needs. If they don’t need something that has rootworm or corn borer protection, then they don’t need to pay for it. We have several options for growers who need only a straight conventional platform. These lines are more economical but still deliver high-quality, high-yielding genetics.

    Stine conventional hybrids are very unique in the industry and can help growers maximize yield while cutting costs. Contact your local Stine sales rep for more details about our conventional corn options and best management practices for those options in 2019.

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    Stine Honors Women in Agriculture

    March 13, 2019

    Posted by Stine Seed in Stine News

    Opportunities for women in the ag industry are expanding, and more women than ever are working in agriculture. This week, Stine celebrates women in agriculture as Women’s History Month and National Agriculture Week intersect.

    Women take the lead
    Agriculture is rich in tradition. Family farms have been a cornerstone of the Midwest where generations have cared for the same piece of land, contributed to a community and produced food, fuel and fiber.

    “I grew up in a small ag community. Farmers, ranchers, agronomists —  they’re not only hard working, they’re also selfless and truly want their neighbors and community to succeed. I’m proud to be a part of the ag community and support farmers so that they can help feed the world,” says Amanda Oberg, Stine regional sales agronomist.

    While tradition still embodies how many family farms operate today, agricultural technologies and social landscapes continue to shift, prompting changes in farming. Women are stepping up to lead their family farms into the future of agriculture. In fact, more than 969,000 women farm in the United States, and they represent 31 percent of all farmers in the country. Women farmers operate more than 301 million acres of farmland, with an economic impact of about $12.9 billion, according to the United States Department of Agriculture.

    “Stine is proud to serve our farmers and entrepreneurs, whether they are family businesses like ours that have existed for decades or are just getting started,” notes Stine Regional Sales Agronomist Bethany Oland. 

    And while women in past decades may have kept the family farm running behind the scenes, they never sat on the sidelines. More women are taking center stage to solve food insecurity in their community through agricultural means. Women entrepreneurs are heading up community-supported agriculture initiatives and starting small-scale growing businesses.  Actually, women farmers, ranchers and agricultural managers earned more than their male counterparts in 2017, according to data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics.

    Industry changes
    As the agriculture industry continues to change, more opportunities are created to work in the industry outside of traditional the grower and producer roles. Scientists, researchers, marketing professionals, salespersons, engineers, lawyers, nutrition specialists, educators and more make up the agriculture workforce. 

    More women than ever are working in those sectors as employees, managers, entrepreneurs, problem-solvers and innovators, according to the Food and Agriculture Association of the United Nations. At Stine, for example, we have women agronomists who serve as independent sales reps or regional sales agronomists, as well as those who are in sales support or research roles.

    Additionally, advancements in technology, equipment and research require a set of innovative, diverse thinkers to solve unique industry issues in the future. Women are offering a new perspective in small businesses and corporate offices across the country.

    “We would like to thank all women who are paving the way for the agriculture industry,” notes Stine President Myron Stine. “Today and always, we support their efforts in agriculture and truly value their leadership and expertise in the workplace.”

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    Corn Options Ready to Shine in 2019

    February 28, 2019

    Posted by Lucas Crawford in Products

    We’re excited about the Stine® corn lineup for 2019 — specifically, the corn hybrids that performed well in west central Illinois last year and are on the roster again this year. The Stine 9709 family is one of my personal favorites, and it looks like it’s going to be a strong option for growers in our region again this year. We also had success with the Stine 9808E family last year, so I anticipate those numbers will shine again this growing season.

    Stine’s elite, high-yielding genetics are an integral component in these corn platforms. Conventional or traited, we’re seeing a new level of performance from these corn numbers in my region, which include:

    Stine 9709-G — Featuring Stine genetics and the Agrisure® GT trait, this 112–114-day relative maturity corn option is glyphosate tolerant and supports strong roots and stalks that can handle variable soil types. Stine 9709-G also works well in any row configuration.

    Stine 9709-0 — New to our lineup in 2019, Stine 9709-0 is one of our conventional corn options. This is a great alternative to our high-yielding 9714 brand genetic family. Stine 9709-0 is a 112–114-day relative maturity corn option that features strong roots and stalks that can handle variable soil types and any row configuration.

    Stine 9808E-20 — Boasting the Agrisure Viptera® 3110 trait package, Stine 9808E-20 gives growers a dual mode-of-action for above-ground insect protection and tolerance to both glyphosate and glufosinate herbicides. The plants feature excellent roots and stalks that respond well to higher populations and all row widths. Stine 9808E-20 also performs well in loam to clay-loam type soils.

    Stine 9808E-G — Featuring Stine genetics and the Agrisure® GT trait, Stine 9808E-G offers good disease protection and glyphosate tolerance. Like others in the 9808E family, 9808E-G has excellent roots and stalks, and it responds well to higher populations. Stine 9808E-G works especially well in loam to clay-loam type soils. This option also comes in 114–116-day relative maturity.

    Stine 9808E-0 — Stine 9808E-0 is a 114–116-day relative maturity conventional hybrid. This product features excellent roots, stalks and disease protection. Stine 9808E-0 works well in all row widths and in loam to clay-loam soils.

    To learn more about Stine’s lineup of high-yielding corn options and best management practices for those options in 2019, contact your local Stine sales representative.