News Briefs December 18, 2017


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As 2017 winds to a close, DuPont Pioneer is pushing into 2018 by advancing more than 100 new corn and soybean products for commercialization. This week’s briefs cover product advancement, using 2017 to plan for 2018, tillage effects on yield and more.

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In the News

DuPont Pioneer Enhances North American Corn Lineup for 2018

DuPont Pioneer announced Dec. 13 that it will offer growers 51 new high-performing corn products that further expand the deepest, broadest commercial product lineup in the United States and Canada.

Corn products advanced to 2018 commercialization were tested in nearly 1,000 corn IMPACT™ (Intensively Managed Product Advancement, Characterization and Testing) plot trials across the United States and Canada. This final step in the research process characterizes the products for optimal geographic and climatic fit…Read more

DuPont Pioneer Expands Its A-Series Soybean Lineup for 2018

DuPont Pioneer announced Dec. 13 that it will offer 56 new high-yield-potential Pioneer® brand A-Series soybean products for North America growers in 2018. This new class of outstanding varieties builds the overall performance advantage for the 110 Pioneer® brand A-series soybeans commercialized in the past two seasons to 2.0 bu/acre…Read more

Using 2017 Notes to Make a 2018 Plan

Taking a close look at 2017 results will help greatly as growers prepare a plan for 2018, according to DuPont Pioneer Territory Manager Trent Brisby.

“I think this is a good opportunity, while things are still fresh in our minds, to review the 2017 growing season,” he said. “One thing I really like to do is sit down with growers, download their harvest map and have a nice, in-depth discussion, talking field-by-field about what worked, what didn’t work and some things they’re thinking about for next year.” …Hear more

Crop Insights

Tillage Effects on Yield

Every tillage system has its own advantages and disadvantages. No-till systems typically save soil moisture and use less labor, but also can reduce soil temperatures, increase surface residue and present more challenges to emergence. Multi-pass systems typically bury more residue, increase soil temperatures, release soil moisture and require more labor costs. How will your tillage plan affect your yield? …Read more

Preventing Diaporthe Phomopsis in Soybeans The Diaporthe Phomopsis disease complex was highly prevalent in soybean fields in 2017. This fungus can cause pod or stem blight in mature plants and Phomopsis seed decay. Here are a few things to look for and how to combat the disease complex in future growing seasons:

  • If a mature plant is split longitudinally, it may show signs of zone lines on the lower stems. This was previously mistaken for symptoms of charcoal rot.
  • Tillage will reduce the amount of residue and lower the chances of spores splashing on to future crops.
  • Fungicides can be used in fields that have low to moderate disease pressure and in areas that favor severe disease pressure…Read more

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