News Briefs April 16, 2018


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As growers wait for ideal planting conditions, they should give some consideration to what products they plant. DuPont Pioneer rates all of its products by stress emergence tolerance to help growers confidently plan for top yields. This week’s briefs cover the decision between planting corn or soybeans , waiting to plant, chilling injuries to corn and corn hybrid response to plant population.

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In the News

Farmers Unsure of Corn/Soybean Mix

While farmers wait for the weather to break to begin planting, some are still undecided about their final acreage mix.

All winter long, we have had customers talking about how they planned to lock in profits with soybeans, but now they would rather plant corn to get back into a more normal rotation,” said DuPont Pioneer Field Agronomist Brian Bush…Read more

Don’t Rush to Plant After Poor Spring Weather

The waiting game continues throughout much of the Midwest as cold, wet soils are keeping most growers from planting. DuPont Pioneer Field Agronomist Dan Emmert said he worries that, when conditions do start to improve, growers will be too anxious to get into the field.

“My fear is that when the weather does begin to improve, growers will want to try and do everything at once,” he said. “Even though it feels like we are behind the gun, we still need to be cautious and wait for good conditions.”…Read more

Crop Insights

Chilling Injury to Emerging Corn

With temperatures spiking well below average in parts of the Corn Belt, growers need to balance the advantages of early planting against the risks. If corn is planted when the soil is too cold or wet , seedlings may suffer…Read more

Corn Hybrid Response to Plant Population

DuPont Pioneer has been conducting plant population studies with corn hybrids for more than three decades throughout the U.S. and Canada to determine the optimum seeding rate for a grower’s unique local conditions. DuPont Pioneer researchers target representative environments based on maturity zone, expected yield (high or low), specific stresses, and other unique location characteristics…Read more

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