News Briefs March 19, 2018


News You Can Use Growers need to consider a plethora of variables and options to hit key production numbers and be profitable. DuPont Pioneer is dedicated to helping growers make intelligent decisions every season. This week’s briefs cover research on pollinator health, variable rate seeding and corn planting depth. 

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In the News Researchers Awarded Grant to Study Pollinator Health Researchers from Iowa State University and the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign are examining possible impacts on pollinators from strips of prairie planted in crop fields. The group—thanks to a grant from The Foundation for Food and Agriculture Research and partners such as DuPont Pioneer—is examining whether embedding strips of prairie in crop fields affects honeybee health, native pollinator abundance and diversity…Read more

Variable Rate Seeding Can Boost Yield and Save Money As corn and soybean growers look to increase yields and cut costs, variable rate seeding (VRS) becomes a more popular choice. DuPont Pioneer Field Agronomist Brian Early said research has shown VRS can improve corn yields. 

“Where we are seeing success in corn is when we put higher populations on our productive ground. Those fields can handle the higher populations and will pay you back with higher yields. Then we reduce populations on our poor ground,” he said…Read more

Crop Insights Is Planting Corn Deeper Better? One argument for shallow planting is to speed plant emergence, but is this the case? Studies conducted in northwest Ohio planted corn at three-quarters and two inches for comparison. The deeper planted corn emerged first, arriving at V1 while the three-quarters of an inch plants were at VE. With better soil-seed contact and more stable soil moisture…Read more

Spring Nitrogen Management of Soft Red Winter Wheat Because N-related standability issues differ by variety, it is important to understand the characteristics of each variety that is planted. Although there is no official "nitrogen score" assigned to Pioneer® brand varieties, local experience can be used as an indicator of how much nitrogen these varieties can commonly handle…Read more

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