News Briefs May 13, 2019


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At Corteva Agriscience™, Agriculture Division of DowDuPont, sustainability is at the heart of everything. Partnerships with local and national conservation groups are key pieces of improving environmental sustainability at no cost to farmer productivity.

This week’s briefs include successful corn germination, scouting for alfalfa winterkill and rhizoctonia root rot. 

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Crop Insights

Successful Corn Germination

It's no secret that successful germination is necessary for uniform emergence and top yields. Farmers eager to get seed in the ground need to consider soil temperature, the weather and stress emergence scores when planting…Hear more

Scouting for Alfalfa Winterkill from Space

Minimal snow cover and low temperatures put some alfalfa stands at risk this winter. Alfalfa is breaking dormancy and farmers should be scouting for winter damage. Initial scouting has shown significant variability within fields, which can make overall stand assessments difficult. Satellite imagery is a good way to view the variability and make accurate assessments…Hear more

Rhizoctonia Root Rot in Corn

Rhizoctonia root rot is showing up in some water-logged soils throughout the Upper Gulf Coast of Texas. Several species of fungi combine to makeup rhizoctonia, which exists in both plant residue and soil. By weakening the stalk, rhizoctonia makes corn plants susceptible to lodging and premature death…Hear more

In the News

Soil Health, On-Farm Conservation Practices at Center of New Sustainability Initiative

Corteva Agriscience™, Agriculture Division of DowDuPont, recently announced a two-year agreement to support the efforts of The Nature Conservancy to help farmers grow food more sustainably, while protecting water quality. The initiative will accelerate environmental sustainability and increase productivity for farmers who operate in the Mississippi watershed. 

“We are driven to enrich the lives of those who produce and those who consume,” said Dana Bolden, Senior Vice President of External Affairs and Chief Sustainability Officer, Corteva Agriscience. “Every day, our team members see firsthand the commitment farmers have to being good stewards of the land."…Read more

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