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  • Introducing STRYVE

    Introducing STRYVE

    February 16, 2024

    Posted by Stine Seed in Technology

    Big things are coming to a field near you. Now introducing STRYVE™ — a new comprehensive seed treatment formulation engineered exclusively for Stine®.  

    A collaboration with My Yield, a total seed treatment solution company, this new soybean seed treatment features four fungicide modes of action and enhanced active ingredient delivery, protecting your seed from the start. STRYVE couples a foundational biological combination with a complex carbon food source to deliver improved plant health and yield.

    “Stine is excited to offer this exclusive new seed treatment for growers in 2024,” says Myron Stine, company president. “We are always looking for ways to protect yield potential for our customers.”

    STRYVE’s custom formulation uses key nutrients and organic acids that promote faster germination, improved nutrient uptake, enhanced root development and prolonged plant health. The components of the seed treatment tackle pythium, phytophthora, rhizoctonia and fusarium-based diseases. It also features an impressive micronutrient package that fuels the crop and takes yield further.

    “We’re excited to partner with Stine in its mission to deliver maximum performance to the grower — catalyzing Stine’s leading genetics with STRYVE’s unique horsepower will do just that,” says My Yield’s Charlie McKenna.

    STRYVE is yet another option in our lineup of seed treatments designed to preserve the yield potential of Stine soybean genetics. Our four other custom formulations include:

    Stine XP Complete: A combination of fungicide and insecticide that includes Heads Up® for white mold suppression and is backed with Thiabendazole 4L ST for enhanced fusarium activity and Azoxystrobin 100 ST for Rhizoctonia protection.

    Stine XP F&I: A combination fungicide and insecticide package that offers great protection against rhizoctonia solani, fusarium, seed-borne phomopsis and sclerotinia. It also safeguards against insects such as wireworms, seedcorn maggots, bean leaf beetles and thrips.

    Stine XP F&I with BIOST® Nematicide: A combination fungicide and insecticide package with an innovative broad spectrum seed treatment nematicide for soybeans experiencing heavy nematode pressure.

    Stine XP-F: A fungicide-only blend that protects against diseases such as pythium, phytophthora, rhizoctonia solani, fusarium, seed-borne phomopsis and sclerotinia.

    Fortify your seed investment with one of Stine’s custom XP seed treatment formulations this planting and growing season. Learn about our lineup, including our latest option — STRYVE — exclusively available to Stine grower customers today. Contact your local Stine sales rep for more information.

  • Understanding Stine’s Product Development Plots

    Understanding Stine’s Product Development Plots

    February 08, 2024

    Posted by Stine Seed in Research

    Research has always been a priority for Stine®, as evident by our industry-leading corn and soybean breeding programs and Elite Yield Trials. Data drives our decisions. We are always looking for new and innovative ways to prove the performance of our products. That’s why, for the past few years, our agronomy team has been strategizing and implementing our Product Development Plot (PDP) program — deploying plots throughout the country to help us better evaluate our hybrids and varieties before commercialization.

    “Our PDP plots provide valuable insights that allow us to review the latest germplasm from our Elite Yield Trials through replicated strip trial plots throughout the country,” says Tom Larson, director of agronomy. “Our PDP plots will be even more complex in 2024, providing us data, confidence and clarity for our new and upcoming products.”

    Soybean PDP plots
    Consistency and accuracy are essential parts of the strict guidelines for our PDP program. We will set up plots for our soybean program in 46 locations throughout the country, up from 30 last year. Each plot will have seven to eight varieties, including some competitors, with two to three maturity sets per location. Plots are planted by maturity, and planting population for each will be 140k/acre.

    Our agronomy team will complete reference checks throughout the season and then compare all locations and data sets to paint a true picture of performance. They’ll also conduct soil sampling at each location, looking at fertility and various diseases and insects present, including iron deficiency chlorosis and soybean cyst nematodes, that can greatly impact yield results. They’ll also evaluate seed treatment performance to see how these inputs protect the seedlings and crops throughout the season. 

    “The soybean PDP plots will give us a true look at how products perform in varying environments, factoring in weather, insects and diseases,” says Larson. “They’re a great resource to train our sales team so they can see firsthand how the upcoming products will perform in growers’ fields once commercially available.”

    Corn PDP plots
    Our corn PDP plots help us evaluate high-yielding Stine Elite Yield Trial hybrids and industry hybrids prior to commercialization. Information gleaned from our corn PDP plot program aids in the selection process of future products. Each Stine region will have at least one corn PDP plot. Products will be planted by height or maturity (replicated), with a minimum of 12-row plots with the center six rows harvested. Stine agronomists will also conduct flag studies on each plot to evaluate emergence and season-long performance.

    Agronomic data collected as part of our corn PDP program includes seed quality in bag; emergence and early-season observations; general plant observation; disease ratings; plant, ear and tassel heights; silking and pollination dates; late-season roots, stalk and overall plant health; test weight and grain quality; harvestable ear percentage; and more.

    “At the end of the season, we’ll have reviewed 80 different agronomic attributes on each product,” says Larson. “Our research is thorough for a reason. We want only the best products placed on our growers’ fields; the ones we know will yield in their environments.” 

    To learn more about our PDP plot program, view this article. To speak with a Stine sales rep about viewing one of our plots this upcoming season, contact your local rep here.

  • Stine® short-stature corn: Innovative, industry-leading and now award-winning!

    Stine® short-stature corn: Innovative, industry-leading and now award-winning!

    February 01, 2024

    Posted by Stine Seed in Stine News

    The results are in. Stine® short-stature corn has been named Agri Marketing magazine’s 2023 Product of the Year! Established in 2001, Agri Marketing’s Product of the Year award recognizes products and services that are making a significant impact on the production of food, fuel, feed, fiber and protein.

     “When we started this journey, our goal was never to make corn shorter, but simply to increase yields,” says Myron Stine, company president. “Nonetheless, we are thrilled to be recognized for our decades of leadership in this rapidly emerging segment of short-stature corn.”

    Judging criteria for the award included categories such as market environment, industry recognition, benefit and value added to the marketplace and strategic marketing/sales approach.

    “Each year since 2001, Agri Marketing magazine has held its Product of the Year program,” says Lynn Henderson, the publication’s publisher/editorial director. “The program is held to recognize the outstanding technology that is being introduced to North American crop and livestock producers to help them become more efficient and profitable.

    “This year, the program’s judges selected Stine’s short-stature corn to join the elite products which have included Roundup Ready technology, Bt-traited corn, John Deere’s autonomous tractor, plus many others. I’d like to be the first to congratulate the Stine team on receiving this high honor.”

    A panel of distinguished agribusiness professionals judged this year’s awards. Henderson notes the judges were selected based on their independence, broad and deep knowledge of agricultural technology and leadership in the industry. Judges included:

    • Jim Borel, executive VP of DuPont (retired) who oversaw its DuPont Pioneer, Crop Protection and other ag/food divisions;
    • Clayton Becker, president/CEO of Farmers National Co., which is the nation’s largest professional farm management firm overseeing over 2 million acres of cropland. He is a former executive of Syngenta;
    • Bill Northey, CEO of the Agribusiness Association of Iowa and former Secretary of the Iowa Department of Agriculture and Land Stewardship and Undersecretary of the USDA;
    • Scott Downey, director of Purdue University’s Center for Food and Agricultural Business and a professor in the Department of Agricultural Economics;
    • Ryan Hassebrook, CEO of Servitech, the nation's largest independent crop consulting firm; and
    • Lynn Henderson, publisher/editorial director of Agri Marketing magazine who has served on the Boards of Directors of the National 4-H Council, National Agri-Marketing Association, National Alliance of Independent Crop Consultants and several other organizations.

    Stine’s short-stature corn will be featured in the Agri Marketing magazine edition published later this month. Be on the lookout for the article on their website,

    To learn more about Stine short-stature corn, view our latest article on the advantages of short corn or listen to this episode of the Stine Seedcast. To speak to a Stine rep about finding short-corn options for your fields, find your local rep here. Remember, STINE HAS YIELD.