News Briefs July 9, 2018


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With punishing rain throughout large portions of the Midwest, Pioneer field agronomists are out in the fields supporting growers with their expertise. This week’s briefs cover DowDuPont announcing advisory committee members, the effect of variable weather conditions, scouting for corn rootworm and identifying western bean cutworm.

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In the News

DowDuPont Announces New Members of Agriculture, Materials Science and Specialty Products Divisions’ Advisory Committees

DowDuPont recently announced new members of the Agriculture, Materials Science and Specialty Products Division’s Advisory Committees, which will work closely with the management teams of each division in preparation for the Company’s separation into three, industry-leading growth companies…Read more

Variable Conditions Abound in Ohio and Surrounding Regions

From corn and soybean fields well on their way, to fields needing to be replanted after washout rain, Pioneer Field Agronomist Ryan Terry says he is seeing just about everything this time of year.

“The amount of variability [we’ve seen in some areas] has been a bit of a struggle,” he said. “Hopefully with the rest of summer we can get some more consistent, uniform weather.”…Listen for more

Crop Insights

Scouting and Managing Corn Rootworm

Growers should consider using sticky traps to identify the level of corn rootworm (CRW) pressure in fields and to help make informed management decisions to mitigate the effect of CRW.

These simple-but-effective traps can provide a snapshot of adult populations this summer and help gauge likely pressure for the next growing season. Adult beetles will be laying eggs in July and August to hatch next year into larvae that feed upon and damage corn…Read more

Identifying Western Bean Cutworm

Western Bean Cutworm has historically occurred in cornfields of the Great Plains but in recent years has moved into the central and eastern Corn Belt. Their major larval feeding coincides with ear development, reducing grain yield by up to 20 percent if several larvae are present per ear…Read more

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