News Briefs April 9, 2018


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DuPont Pioneer’s vast, detailed agronomy library is a powerful tool for growers as they begin planting in 2018. This week’s briefs cover CRISPR gene editing research, early planting, the benefits of soybean seed treatment and cold stress effects on corn emergence.

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In the News

CRISPR-Edited Genes Just as Safe as Old-Fashioned Crops

Recently, the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) announced it would no longer regulate crops that have been genetically edited. Gene editing, which includes CRISPR-Cas techniques used by DuPont Pioneer, enables researches and now farmers to genetically nip and tuck the DNA of living things and sell them to consumers. Some estimates put genetically edited food on grocery store shelfs within five yearsRead more

Early-Planted Beans Catch the Biggest Yields

There is a good reason why more and more soybeans are planted at ever-earlier dates: higher yields. That potential has been documented by a two-year DuPont Pioneer study that found soybean yields were generally higher with a late-April to early-May planting date compared to those planted later…Read more

Crop Insights

Benefits of Soybean Seed Treatment

Earlier planting into wetter and colder soils combined with higher levels of crop residue has led to an increase in soybean diseases. Pathogens that attack soybeans — Phytophthora, Pythium, Rhizoctonia and Fusarium — survive in diseased plant material and in the soil and are most common in the first few weeks after planting, especially in heavy, poorly drained, compacted or high-residue fields. Pioneer offers several fungicide, insecticide and biological seed treatment choices to help meet specific local needs for stand protection…Read more

Cold Stress Effects on Corn Emergence

It is generally recommended that growers plant corn when soil temperatures are at or above 50°F and monitor soil conditions after planting, as they are critical to achieving uniform emergence. Root growth will be extremely slow even in the low 50’s and prolonged exposure to low temperatures reduces seed and plant metabolism and vigor…Read more

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