News Briefs December 10, 2018


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Use Planning for the 2019 season is underway. Lessons from 2018 may shine a light on new management practices. Pioneer is always pushing the limits, testing what works and what doesn’t so growers get the most from their seed investments.

This week’s briefs cover the timing and management of corn residue, whether raising soybean beds can affect yields, selecting the best winter cover crop and getting paid for atmospheric carbon dioxide removal and soil storage. 

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Crop Insights

Managing Corn Residue

Over the past few years, the amount of corn residue remaining in the spring has increased in many fields. This may be due to changing production practices or other factors. Excess residue requires proper management or stand establishment may suffer. Ideally, corn residue should be managed during combining, after harvest, before spring planting and, if necessary, during planting…Read more

Raising Soybean Yields by Raising Beds?

From 2011-2014, Pioneer evaluated yields for soybeans grown on raised seedbeds compared with those grown with conventional tillage in flat land areas prone to soil waterlogging. The study also assessed the effect of tile drainage on soybean production. In 2014, results showed a significant difference in stand count, vigor, iron chlorosis score, height and yield between raised beds and flat beds. On average, fields with tiled drainage saw a 6.3 percent yield increase during the testing period…Read more

Selecting Winter Cover Crops

Cover crops can have both positive and negative effects on grain crop yields, depending on the environment, crop species and management practices. Most cover crops fall into one of three groups — grasses, legumes or brassicas. In general, legumes and grass-legume mixtures are best before corn while grasses are the best bet before soybeans…Read more

In the News

Turning Carbon into a Cash Crop

A new collaboration between Granular Ag and Nori will offer farmers an opportunity to gain revenue while simultaneously assisting with carbon sequestration in their soil.

By building a secure digital platform, Nori, the world’s only carbon dioxide removal marketplace, will make it simple for farmers to get paid for removing excess carbon dioxide from the atmosphere. An agricultural software company, Granular Ag is an independent, wholly owned subsidiary of Corteva Agriscience, Agriculture Division of DowDuPont. Under the joint pilot program, Granular Ag will provide optional early access to Nori’s carbon market to its farmer customers who want to pursue land management practices that contribute to soil health and increased productivity…Read more

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