News Briefs July 16, 2018


As another growing season clips along, growers are turning their focus on how to maximize bushels and make the most out of every acre of corn and soybeans. This week’s briefs cover those topics, as well as detasseling safety, corn ear development and Goss’s Wilt.

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In the News

Iowa Corn Detasseling Kicks Off With Safety in Mind Bagging groceries, mowing lawns and detasseling corn; these summertime jobs for teenagers are almost like a rite of passage, and corn detasseling is in full swing for much of the Midwest. Production Manager Colby Entriken oversees Pioneer facilities in Dysart, Toledo and Reinbeck, Iowa, and he says the company has added more safety experts in 2018 to watch over these intrepid workers.

"We also bring in a field nurse as a resource,” Entriken said. “Each of the three sites also has an EMT on staff.” …Read more

Farmers Explore Options for Maximizing Bushels

While there is no single answer on how to squeeze a few more bushels from corn and soybean acres, farmers, agronomists and economists agree that some yield-increasing practices are worthwhile.

“I’ve seen growers who will throw everything but the kitchen sink at it just to see what will work,” Pioneer Field agronomist Kelli Bassett said. “And then, after finding some of the things that show promise, we have worked them into the cropping system and paid closer attention to the economics of it.”…Read More

Crop Insights

Understanding Stress in Corn Ear Development

The size, placement and number of kernels set on a corn ear can vary greatly depending on the timing and severity of environmental stress. Understanding how corn ears respond can help determine what stress was present, when this stress occurred and how to mitigate this stress in the future. Environmental stresses during any of four ear development stages can significantly affect the number and weight of harvestable kernels and subsequent grain yield in corn…Read more

Battling Goss’s Wilt Goss’s

Wilt is caused by a bacterial pathogen that survives over winter in corn residue. While historically affecting the Great Plains states, Goss’s Wilt has spread to several central states, including much of the Dakotas, Iowa, Minnesota, Wisconsin and Illinois. While sometimes minor, under the right conditions, Goss’s Wilt can cause grain yield losses approaching 50 percent…Read more

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