News Briefs April 15, 2019


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Use A wet fall and spring have left many Midwest farmers with several challenges as they prepare for planting. Before heading into the field, farmers should check with their local Pioneer agronomist to discuss soil compaction, corn planting depth and early soybean planting, which are covered below, or any other agronomic concerns. 

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Crop Insights

Determining Soil Compaction Risk

Soil moisture is the single most important factor when it comes to soil compaction. Simple field tests can help farmers determine whether their soil is at risk for compaction. The ribbon test involves digging a few inches into the soil and squeezing the dirt. If the dirt forms a ribbon, the risk for compaction is high…Hear more

Checking Corn Planting Depth

Planters are starting to roll, and it’s important for farmers to make sure planting depth is optimal. While 2-inch depth is the standard, 1.5-inch depth may be favorable when planting early into cool soils. Never plant less than 1.5-inches deep. That can lead to shallow or rootless corn that struggles to absorb water and nutrients and suffers during drought-like conditions…Hear more

Yield Response of Early Planted Soybeans

How early should soybeans be planted? This largely depends on a farmer’s region and what makes sense, but a 2017 Pioneer study showed a decline of 0.24 bu/A per day of planting delay from the earliest planting dates. Day length plays a pivotal role in soybean development, which explains the early planting yield benefit. Shorter days speed progression of soybean growth phases while longer days extend development…Hear more

In The News

Spring Weather Brings Renewed Wheat Considerations

Pioneer field agronomist Troy Putnam says it’s important for farmers to track wheat’s growth stage at this time of year. Wheat at Feekes growth stage 5 is part of the greening up stage where plants get more rigid. This is a great time for farmers to consider nitrogen top-dress applications and herbicide applications…Read more

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