News Briefs July 30, 2018


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Each week, Pioneer field agronomists examine crops for issues that affect growers in their area. Check out the timely, locally-focused videos they create to give growers information they need to stay ahead of potential yield-robbing threats. This week, agronomists cover topics on crop pollination, evaluating generic fungicides and checking for purple leaf sheath.

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Checking on Crop Pollination

Corn pollination is complete in much of the Midwest. Pioneer Field Agronomist Bradley Mason talks about corn staging and the differences between missed pollination and an aborted kernel…Learn more

How to Evaluate Generic Fungicides

Growers may try to pinch pennies and turn to generic fungicides this season, but not every product is created equally. Pioneer Field Agronomist Troy Deutmeyer examines fungicide labels to point out which active ingredients, modes of action and other factors to consider before making a product decision. For fields that are transitioning to corn next year, it’s a good idea to consider insecticides to control adult corn rootworm…Learn More

Purple Leaf Sheath or Stalk Rot?

After pollination, corn will often have discoloration on the stalks. Discoloration may indicate stalk rot, a serious threat to yield, or the more benign purple leaf sheath. Purple leaf sheath is caused as pollen falls and becomes trapped between the leaf and the stem, letting opportunistic fungi grow and cause discoloration. To check for stalk rot, pull the leaf away from the plant and examine the stalk…Learn More


UniPro Foodservice Inc. and Corteva Agriscience™, Agriculture Division of DowDuPont, Introduce Versa™ Premier High Oleic Soybean Frying Oil for Food Service

UniPro Foodservice Inc. and Corteva Agriscience™, Agriculture Division of DowDuPont, recently announced UniPro’s new, high-performance soybean oil, Versa™ Premier High Oleic Soybean Frying Oil, made with Pioneer® brand Plenish high-oleic soybean oil. Plenish maintains its quality longer in fryers, is taste-neutral and has a healthy oil profile because of its high amount of heart-healthy monosaturated fat. Versa will be available to UniPro’s 400 member-owners who operate 850+ distribution locations in the United States…Read more

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