News Briefs July 31, 2017


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Farm Progress Show is just around the corner, and with it, the end of a year-long “Unlock Your Yield” tour powered by Pioneer brand Qrome products. Pioneer is donating the tour’s centerpiece -- a tricked-out, shiny-as-chrome, stainless steel Timpte® Super Hopper grain trailer -- to the National FFA Organization for auction during Farm Progress. This week’s briefs cover the auction and how your bid can support FFA, what to do if you discover Bt resistant pests, and monitoring for the thistle caterpillar. Want to speak with a Pioneer expert on these or other topics? Contact Susan Mantey at

Pioneer In the News

Unlocking Yield and Youth Potential

DuPont Pioneer is helping unlock potential in both the field and classroom by donating the stainless steel Timpte® Super Hopper grain trailer that was part of this year’s “Unlock Your Yield” tour powered by Pioneer® brand Qrome™ products to the National FFA Foundation. On Thursday, Aug. 31, bidders can join a live and online auction during the 2017 Farm Progress Show for a chance to take the trailer home. All proceeds support the National FFA Foundation and State FFA Associations…Read more

Why Drones May Become as Important as Tractors

The power of drones is that they help farmers identify and investigate crop problems mid-season.The value of drones is already becoming more evident. About 20 percent of Pioneer's 300 independent crop consultants, called certified services agents, have purchased drones to help scout customers' fields.

“Early signs point to real potential for widespread use of these machines on individual farms,” Jeremy Groeteke, senior manager of digitization at DuPont Pioneer in Johnston, told The Des Moines Register.…Read more

Crop Insights

Managing Bt Traits

In 2016, more than 75 percent of corn planted in the U.S. used a Bt technology. But what do you do if you think a Bt-resistant pest has invaded your fields? Contact your rep, who will visit your field and check for plant damage and potential causes, Clint Pilcher, DuPont Pioneer strategy lead for insect resistance management, told Farm Journal.

If the damage meets the required thresholds and there are no other explanations, Pioneer will collect a sample of the insects from the field…Read more

Thistle Caterpillars Aren’t Giving Soybeans Butterfly Kisses

Thistle caterpillar may not appear in fields year-in and year-out, but they are making an appearance in 2017. The caterpillars overwinter in the south, moving to the north where they defoliate not only soybeans, but sunflowers and Canada thistle.

“They are going through the pupa stage right now,” said DuPont Pioneer Field Agronomist Josh Shofner…Continue listening

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