News Briefs January 28, 2019


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Use With snow blanketing much of the Midwest, many farmers are digging out and planning their growing seasons. Despite the frozen fields, Pioneer agronomists are out and about, advising and delivering Pioneer’s cutting-edge agronomy information. 

This week’s media briefs cover tips for evaluating corn hybrids, soybean vein necrosis virus and spring forage crops for early silage. 

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Crop Insights

Tips for Evaluating Hybrids

Previous yield performance plays a significant role in hybrid selection and placement, but without valid yield data practices, farmers risk misinterpreting data. Evaluate locations for irregularities such as drainage and ponding, variations in fertilizer or manure applications, dead furrows, rotation history and compaction or wheel tracks…Read more

Soybean Vein Necrosis Virus

Soybean Vein Necrosis Virus (SVNV) is a relatively new virus, first identified in Tennessee in 2008. SVNV is now widely established in numerous Midwest, Northeastern and Southern states. Early symptoms include light green to yellow patches near main leaf veins. On susceptible varieties, chlorosis progresses to necrotic tissue and eventual leaf death…Read more

Spring Forage Crops for Early Silage

Faced with dwindling forage supplies in silos and questionable alfalfa stands, some dairy farmers and livestock producers are looking for options to produce an early silage crop. Several alternatives are available that will help farmers stretch their supplies until after corn silage harvest…Read more

In the News

PhytoGen partners with Cotton Incorporated’s Blue Jeans Go Green to Recycle Denim

PhytoGen, the U.S. cottonseed brand of Corteva Agriscience™, Agriculture Division of DowDuPont, is partnering with Cotton Incorporated’s Blue Jeans Go Green™ denim recycling program. 

PhytoGen is the first cottonseed partner for the program, which organizes denim collection drives and turns that denim into housing insulation. The program aims to keep textile waste out of landfills and help with building efforts in communities around the country. PhytoGen will collect used denim at events throughout 2019. 

“PhytoGen is proud to partner with the Blue Jeans Go Green program in the continuing effort to help communities — and FFA chapters — thrive. Whether it’s denim jeans, jackets, shirts or skirts, every piece of denim makes a difference,” said Derek Racca, PhytoGen Brand Manager…Read more

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