News Briefs April 23, 2018


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Use As technological breakthroughs occur at a rapid pace, DuPont Pioneer maintains its dedication to cutting-edge research and up-to-date agronomic information. This week’s briefs cover a new partnership dedicated to CRISPR-Cas breeding tools, looking back at 2017 trends to plan for the future, planting soybeans early, and slug damage in corn and soybeans.

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Strengthening Food Security with CRISPR-Cas Breeding Tools The International Crops Research Institute for the Semi-Arid Tropics (ICRISAT) and Corteva Agriscience™, Agriculture Division of DowDuPont, recently inked a multi-year partnership to strengthen food security by improving crops that feed millions through the sharing of high-tech and modern breeding technologies. Corteva will provide access to intellectual property, material and know-how related to CRISPR-Cas and plant transformation…Read more

Looking Back on Record-Breaking Yield Trends to Prepare for 2018

As farmers gear up for the 2018 season, they often ask, ‘what’s the secret to a successful year?’

“We’re getting better at taking that mountain of data and learning to apply it,” DuPont Pioneer Field Agronomist Matt Montgomery said.

Montgomery credits early planting, cool temperatures and minimal stress during pod fill for the highest average soybean yields in 2017…Read more

The Ins and Outs of Early Soybean Planting

There has been an undeniable shift toward earlier planting of soybeans. Several Pioneer® GrowingPoint®agronomy research studies have shown the benefits of early planting for maximizing soybean yield. Early planting allows growers to plant full-season varieties with higher yield potential; and soybeans planted earlier will generally produce more nodes/plant, reach canopy closure sooner and spend more days in reproductive growth…Read more

Crop Insights

Slug Damage to Corn and Soybeans

Slugs are sporadic pests of corn and soybeans, primarily associated with no-till practices and heavy crop residue. While not widespread most years, their outbreaks are increased by cool, moist springs, mild winters, and manure. Localized outbreaks were reported in some areas in 2015, 2016 and 2017…Read more

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