News Briefs February 4, 2019


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This week’s media briefs cover corn row width, preplant anhydrous ammonia and soybean fertility. 

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Crop Insights

Row Width in Corn Production

The majority of corn acres in the United States and Canada are planted in 30-inch rows. Row spacing below 30 inches is used in less than 5 percent in the central Corn Belt. Research on narrow row corn has produced variable results, which suggests multiple factors likely influence corn yield response to row spacing…Read more

Preplant Anhydrous Ammonia and Corn Seedling Injury

When unfavorable weather delays spring field activities, farmers may consider applying anhydrous ammonia and planting within a few days, if not the same day. Although there is no magic number of days to delay planting after ammonia application, waiting at least five to seven days is a good rule of thumb to prevent seedling injury…Read more

The Basics of Soybean Fertility

Soil testing is a valuable and inexpensive tool for determining the nutrient and pH status of a field and guiding input decisions. Farmers should test their soil every three to four years. More regular testing is unlikely to provide better data. Soybeans thrive in the pH range of 6.0 to 6.8, and phosphorus and potassium levels should be high enough to combat deficiencies…Read more

In the News

Corteva Agriscience, Agriculture Division of DowDuPont, CEO Discusses Future Challenges

On the podcast “Food Talk with Dani Nierenbert,” James Collins, Chief Operating Officer of DowDuPont and Chief Executive Officer-Elect for Corteva Agriscience, discussed ways agriculture companies can better support farmers facing new challenges.

“Our job is to help farmers be more profitable, finding ways for them to use less inputs and be more efficient and finding ways for them to produce more off of the same set of inputs,” Collins said. “We really put the grower, the farmer, at the undisputed center of everything we do.”…Read more

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