News Briefs May 14, 2018


News You Can Use

At DuPont Pioneer, agronomic information is always top of mind. We want to leverage that knowledge into usable information for you to use in timely stories. This week’s briefs cover topics such as seed strategies, potassium and phosphorus soil deficiencies, row spacing and population checks, corn replant considerations, and nitrogen stabilizers. 

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In the News

Corteva AgriScienceTM, Agriculture Division of DowDuPont, Announces New U.S. Multi-Channel, Multi-Brand Seed Strategy

Corteva AgriscienceTM, Agriculture Division of DowDuPont, recently announced its new, focused multi-channel, multi-brand seed strategy for the U.S., which will expand access to the company’s genetics, technology and traits across various agriculture distribution channels, including agency, direct, retail, distribution and licensing…Read more

Phosphorus and Potassium Deficiencies in Soil

DuPont Pioneer has taken almost 9,000 soil samples to determine if the levels of phosphorus and potassium were adequate to maintain high yields for 2018. 

“We saw that anywhere from 20 percent to 75 percent of those soils tested very low or low,” said Pioneer Agronomy Manager, Matt Clover. “So that means we’re trying to maintain these very high yields like we saw in 2016 and 2017 in soils that are kind of deficient in these nutrients.” 

Clover went on to say growers won’t know if their soil is deficient until they take a soil sample…Read more

Digging for Spacing and Population Checks

Digging up newly planted seeds may seem counterintuitive, but not long after the planters stop rolling, it’s a good idea, according to Pioneer Territory Manager, Troy Putnam. 

“This is the time when I have guys out there, they’re scratching, they’re digging. I love getting those calls because that is exactly what they should be doing. They should be scouting when they have time.” …Hear more

Crop Insights

When Replant Should be Considered

Corn can face many different stresses capable of reducing stands, such as cold or wet soils, insect feeding, and unfavorable weather conditions. In severe cases of stand reduction, growers will need to determine if replanting will be more profitable than keeping the current crop. Step one in the decision-making process is to perform a stand assessment…Read more

Understanding Nitrogen Stabilizers and Loss

All forms of nitrogen (N) fertilizer are subject to eventual losses of N. Under prolonged wet field conditions and warm temperatures, N can be lost from the soil. N stabilizers can be viewed as an insurance policy against the risk of N loss…Read more

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