News Briefs June 25, 2018


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When unpredictable conditions occur during the growing season, growers have learned they can depend on Pioneer’s knowledge and support to help them achieve their best yields. This week’s briefs cover research to improve nitrogen decision tools, warm weather speeding crop development, foliar fungicides in soybeans and corn rootworm management.

Want to speak with an expert on these or other topics? Contact Kacey Birchmier

In the News

Research Compares Nitrogen Decision Tools

Research conducted during three growing seasons, as part of a public-industry partnership between eight land-grand universities and DuPont Pioneer, will soon be used in Pioneer’s nitrogen (N) modeling calibration tool.

The investigation used standardized methods and measurements for core N rate response fields. Dr. Newell Kitchen, soil scientist with the United States Department of Agriculture, Agricultural Research Service, and adjunct associate professor at the University of Missouri, said farmers often list fertilizer management as one of the most challenging decisions in modern corn production, because it’s a moving target…Read more

Listen to the webinar here.

Warm Weather Pushes Crop Development

Warm conditions throughout the Midwest resulted in rapid crop development, and some are ahead of schedule. Pioneer Production Agronomist Carl Joren said this accelerated timetable means growers may need to make some adjustments.

“In soybeans, if growers have not made post-planting applications of herbicides, they may be running out of time.”…Read more

Crop Insights

Foliar Fungicides in Soybean Fields

Foliar fungicides have proven to be an effective tool to manage several common soybean foliar diseases.

However, before using foliar fungicides, it is important to scout fields and determine what diseases are present before making an application, as only fungal pathogens can be controlled…Read more

Managing Corn Rootworms

Corn rootworm, or CRW, is a perennial threat to corn yields in both larvae and adult beetle forms. The impact of CRW larvae on yield varies greatly depending on:

  • Timing of rootworm feeding.
  • Available moisture.
  • Hybrid’s ability to regenerate damaged roots.

Adult CRW beetles feeding on corn silks during pollination can result in poor seed set and subsequent yield loss.

When developing a corn rootworm management program, it is important to use a multi-level approach…Read more

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