News Briefs April 6, 2020


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Farmers are monitoring soil temperatures and weather forecasts in anticipation of planting. Earlier is often better when it comes to maximizing crop yields, and delays can be costly. Pioneer agronomists can help guide farmers through this critical period. This week we hear from our agronomists on soil sampling, managing cover crops and how to check the viability of early planted soybeans.

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Crop Insights

Three Reasons to Sample Soil

Economics, environment and fertility distribution are three reasons to take regular soil samples. Understanding soil nutrition enables farmers to only pay for the nutrients a crop needs while utilizing the nutrients available in the soil. Sampling also helps avoid oversupplying nutrients that can negatively affect the environment if applied in excess. Understanding nutrient distribution is also paramount. Just because a nutrient is in the field, doesn’t mean it is available to every plant…Hear more

Managing Cover Crops

Cover crops sequester carbon and increase organic matter in soil. These crops also transfer nutrients, holding them in the soil until row crops can be planted, and minimize soil erosion, both from water and wind. When fields are very active in the spring, cover crops provide a solid soil structure and exudates that create additional structure. Proper management helps optimize cover crop benefits…Hear more

Early planted Soybean Checkup

Research indicates that there is a likely advantage to planting soybeans early in the season. Scouting helps verify the viability of early season seeds after weather events. The simplest scouting method is to dig a trench and examine the seeds. Squeezing seeds to check the integrity and performing a “sniff test” to see if a bean has rotted are the easiest ways to determine if early planted soybeans are viable…Hear more

In the News 

Corteva Agriscience Developed Cerefit™ to Help Barley and Oats Farmers Maximize Yield and Minimize Risk

To help barley and oat farmers increase yields while protecting their investment, Corteva Agriscience developed Cerefit™, a dual mode of action fungicide to provide broad-spectrum control of leaf diseases.

The new fungicide helps control leaf diseases, such as Net Blotch, Leaf Rust, Strip Rust, Septoria and more, for a stronger, healthier plant foundation that maximizes yield and manages risk from leaf diseases…Read more

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