News Briefs March 23, 2020


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While global response to the COVID-19 pandemic dominates the news, local farmers can’t put preparations for planting on hold. Pioneer will continue to support farmers as they grow the crops that feed the world. This week’s briefs cover alfalfa seed coats, how NCGA contest winners attained 300 bu/A corn yields and managing glyphosate resistant weeds. 

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Alfalfa Seed Coat Considerations

Due to the small size of alfalfa seeds, Pioneer adds a clay seed coat matrix to provide more surface area for fungicide and inoculant application. Alfalfa seed manufacturers generally add coatings that range from 0% to 34%. Pioneer uses 9% for its alfalfa seed coats…Hear more

Achieving 300 bu/A Corn Yields

The 2019 NCGA yield contest had 130 entries that exceeded 300 bu/A. Hybrid selection is likely the most important management decision made by high-yielding contestants. Maximizing yield requires matching hybrid characteristics with field attributes, such as moisture-supplying capacity, maturity zone, residue cover and even seedbed temperature…Read more

Managing Glyphosate Resistant Weeds

Overreliance on glyphosate has led to resistance in several weed species. As a result, alternative herbicides and modes of action must be considered to supplement weed control. With the increased need to supplement glyphosate with other herbicides, farmers are looking to things like soybeans with the Enlist E3TM trait to combat resistant weeds…Read more


Corteva Agriscience Releases Global Food Security Index 2019 – North America Regional Report

Corteva Agriscience recently released the Global Food Security Index (GFSI) 2019 – North America Regional report, which examines the state of food systems of the three countries in the region. The GFSI, developed by The Economist Intelligence Unit, presents an in-depth analysis of how the core pillars of affordability, availability, quality, natural resources and resilience impact the region’s level of food security.

“For the second consecutive year, the North America region leads the world in food security,” said Judd O’Connor, President, U.S. Commercial Business, Corteva Agriscience. “The region’s success is due to factors including robust food and farm safety programs, access to financing for farmers, and good infrastructure to support food systems. We applaud efforts the region is making to continue investment in these critical factors.”

For more information on the Global Food Security Index, please visit

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