News Briefs August 7, 2017


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Among the benefits of high oleic soybeans, better milk premiums could join grower premiums, as a recent Penn State study shows dairy rations with high oleic soybeans improves butterfat values. Also this week, find out about a collaboration with Evogene that includes R&D research of microbiome-based seed treatments in corn and how to check for corn pollination. Want to speak with a Pioneer expert on these or other topics? Contact Susan Mantey at

Pioneer In the News

Rations with High Oleic Soybeans Improve Milkfat

Butterfat is where it’s at in terms of dairy producer income today, with milk check butterfat values nearly a dollar per pound more than protein. A DuPont Pioneer Plenish® high oleic soybean variety was recently tested in rations at Penn State University for its dairy nutrition application and showed a significant impact on raising the milkfat percentage…Read more

DuPont Pioneer, Evogene Collaborate on Corn Seed Treatment R&D

DuPont Pioneer and Evogene Ltd recently announced a multiyear collaboration that includes research and development of microbiome-based seed treatments in corn. The goal of the collaboration is to provide farmers with innovative bio-stimulant seed treatment products that protect and maximize corn yield by leveraging each other’s relevant market-leading technologies…Read more

Crop Insights

Scout for White Mold

Cooler temperatures (below 85°F) and wet conditions, especially while soybean plants are blooming, have increased the risk for losses due to soybean white mold in portions of the Corn Belt. The risk is further exacerbated in fields rotated back to soybeans where infections occurred in 2015. Severe white mold infections can reduce yield by more than 50 percent…Read more

Curious About Corn Pollination? Shake it Out

One of the easiest ways to determine corn pollination success is by performing the “shake test.” Start by peeling back and removing the husk. Hold the butt end of the ear gently and shake. Any silk that remains attached indicates an ovule that was not fertilized and, consequently, a kernel that will not develop properly. The number of kernels set is largely determined near the time of pollination, and reduced kernel sets cannot be fully regained…Read more

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