News Briefs January 14, 2019


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Use Excellence is a holistic endeavor at Corteva Agriscience™, Agriculture Division of DowDuPont, and safety is a key component of that commitment. We’re proud to announce Corteva Agriscience earned a 2018 Manufacturing Safety Excellence Award from Rockwell Automation. The company’s dedication to industrial safety is a collaborative company-wide effort. 

This week’s media briefs cover kudzu bug infestations in soybeans, drought’s effect on soil nutrients and 10 preseason planting tips. 

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Crop Insights

Kudzu Bugs in Soybeans

Kudzu bugs are a perennial menace for soybeans in several Southeastern states. These pests reproduce on soybean and kudzu plants and pose a significant economic threat, with an average yield loss of 18 percent. Large populations may even cause “green stem syndrome” which delays soybean maturity. Adult kudzu bugs become active in February…Read more

Soil Nutrients During and After Drought

When drought reduces crop yields, farmers commonly ask how much fertilizer they’ll need for the next growing season. Lower crop yields mean fewer nutrients are removed from the soil. Plants use less nitrogen in dry conditions and less is lost to leaching or runoff. This means that applying maintenance rates or no fertilizer may be appropriate, depending on yields and soil tests…Read more

Top 10 Preseason Planting Tips

Farmers can avoid costly mistakes or delays during early planting with a preseason checklist for their planters. Checking hitch height, bushings and drive system, calibrating corn meters and adjusting closing wheels are among the maintenance details that can save time and improve yield…Read more

In the News

Corteva Agriscience™, Agriculture Division of DowDuPont, Wins 2018 Manufacturing Safety Excellence Award

Corteva Agriscience, Agriculture Division of DowDuPont, has won a 2018 Manufacturing Safety Excellence Award for its best-in-class approach to industrial safety. The award from Rockwell Automation honors industrial companies that make safety a core business value and realize the widespread benefits of holistic safety. 

“Employee engagement is a key reason our initiative has been successful in our pilot plants,” said Dan Thompson, Safety, Health and Environmental Manager, Corteva Agriscience. “We sat down with everyone from plant and safety managers to production operators. The meetings help them see they have a role to play and help build excitement for what we’re doing. We’ve seen operator attitudes shift mid-meeting from skepticism to enthusiasm because they have a say in potential changes.”…Read more

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