News Briefs March 25, 2019


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Use Spring has sprung and farmers across the country are planning and prepping for the planting season. Choosing the correct products, seeding rate and timing can be a challenge, but Pioneer’s team of local agronomists are available to answer questions and help farmers succeed in 2019. 

This week’s media briefs cover soybean seeding rates, molds and mycotoxins, effective burndown applications and the Corteva Agriscience™, Agriculture Division of DowDuPont, acquisition of Clearfield®canola. 

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Calculating Soybean Seeding Rates

When calculating soybean seeding rates, Pioneer Field Agronomist Dan Emmert recommends envisioning the final stand. University research shows that farmers achieve optimal yields if the final stand is at least 100,000 soybean plants per acre. While stand count is a starting point, farmers need to consider other factors. Soil type and temperatures as well as germination and emergence rates are all key considerations in the optimal seeding rate equation…Watch more

Identifying Mycotoxins

Mycotoxins come from two different sources. Mycotoxins found in field molds are already present, can be detected in the field and don’t increase when stored. Improperly stored silage produces fungi, some of which also produce mycotoxins. Identifying mycotoxins requires diagnostic tools and expertise, and testing is available if farmers have concerns…Watch more

Effective Burndown Applications

No-till fields rely on a successful burndown herbicide application to ensure clean fields that dry and warm up quickly. Weeds such as marestail have some resistance to glyphosate and acetolactate synthase-inhibiting herbicides, so controlling the weed in its rosette stage is critical to success…Watch more

Crop Insights

Corteva Agriscience™, Agriculture Division of DowDuPont, Acquires Clearfield®Canola Production System in Canada and U.S. from BASF

Corteva Agriscience recently announced the acquisition of the Clearfield® Canola Production System in Canada and the United States. Clearfield® canola is a globally-recognized non-genetically modified herbicide tolerance system, consisting of a herbicide tolerance trait and Imidazolinone herbicides. 

“This bolt-on acquisition strengthens Corteva Agriscience’s already established position in Clearfield®canola seeds and traits, and positions us well to deliver a holistic trait and herbicide solution to growers – a strong proof point of our ongoing commitment to expanding grower choice and delivering a complete solution for farmers,” said Rajan Gajaria, Executive Vice President Business Platforms for Corteva Agriscience…Read more

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