News Briefs February 24, 2020


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Commodity Classic 2020 is almost here. Join us at the Corteva Agriscience (#581) and Pioneer (#781) booths in San Antonio, Texas, Feb. 27-29. We’ll have a media preview event Feb. 27 from 9:00 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. Featured events include: 

      – “Meet the New Pioneer Seeds App.”
      – “How Farmers are Protecting the Environment.”
      – “The Future of Food: Understanding What the Next Generation of Farmers and Consumers Want.”

This week’s briefs cover selecting top-shelf alfalfa genetics, planting date research and soybean crop rotation.

Want to speak with an expert on these or other topics? Contact Kacey Birchmier at

Crop Insights

Four Tips for Top-Shelf Alfalfa Genetics

A healthy, green alfalfa stand begins with choosing strong alfalfa varieties. There are four main points to follow when selecting top-shelf varieties:

  1. Deal with a reputable seed company that provides the best genetics and does more than just deliver seed. A trusted advisor can help find ways to cut costs and identify value-adding opportunities.
  2. Select a disease-and-winter-hardiness packaged designed to reduce the overall risk for the most common alfalfa diseases and protect the crown against extremely cold weather.
  3. Look for varieties that consistently rise to the top of tests across multiple years and locations. Many universities conduct alfalfa evaluation trials that provide insight into top-performing genetics.
  4. Learn to read alfalfa seed tags. Seed coating amounts can range from 35% to 8% and the cost of seeding an acre of alfalfa can differ dramatically based on seed coating and germination rates alone…Read more

Corn Planting Date Research

For more than 18 years, Pioneer has conducted research at numerous locations to show how optimum planting dates vary across the Corn Belt. For example, planting in early April provided the greatest profitability for farmers in the central Corn Belt, while early May planting showed the greatest profitability in the northern Corn Belt…Read more

Soybean Crop Rotation

Crop rotation is important to break disease and insect cycles and increase yield. Soybeans are no exception. Pests and diseases such as soybean cyst nematode, white mold, brown stem rot and sudden death syndrome survive in the soil or crop residue, and readily attack a successive soybean crop…Read more

In the News

Grain Engulfment Simulation and Rescue Demonstration in Peosta, Iowa for Grain Bin Safety Week

Each year, thousands of farmers face life-threatening hazards associated with entering grain bins to remove rotting or clumped grain. In seconds, an adult can be completely buried in the quicksand-like flow of grain with little hope for survival. In 2018, 30 cases of grain engulfment were recorded, resulting in 15 fatalities. The late harvest of 2019 exacerbated the problem — as farmers rushed to clear unused grain, at least 19 deaths from grain engulfment have occurred since August 2019.

In 2019, Corteva Agriscience donated 21 grain rescue tubes and provided training to local fire departments across the nation and is continuing its support in 2020. In an effort to raise awareness, Nationwide, Corteva Agriscience and the National Education Center for Agricultural Safety hosted a live grain engulfment simulation and rescue demonstration during Grain Bin Safety Week. During the Feb. 21 event in Peosta, Iowa, FarmHer president and founder Marji Guyler-Alaniz was sunk in a grain bin simulator and rescued…Read more

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