News Briefs May 6, 2019


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Cold, wet weather across much of the Corn Belt has many farmers itching to get in the field. Field scouting before planting should be a top priority. Saturated fields can lead to compaction and emergence issues. Knowing what to look for can be a game-changer. Pioneer field agronomists have the expertise to walk fields and provide guidance when scouting.

This week’s briefs include the risk of delays in corn planting, slug damage to crops and controlling Fusarium in winter wheat. 

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Crop Insights

Delayed Corn Planting

With corn planting behind schedule this year in the Corn Belt (ranging from 2 percent to 45 percent planted at the end of April, depending on the state), farmers are asking if they should switch to an earlier maturity hybrid. The short answer is not yet. Much like soybeans, corn plants can adjust. Planting 110- to 115-day comparative relative maturity corn before the end of May still offers greater yield potential than earlier maturing hybrids…Hear more

Shrug off the Slugs…For Now

It isn’t hunting season, so finding slugs may have some farmers concerned. Finding slugs while scouting isn’t a great sign, but how much slug damage should a farmer expect this season? Probably not much. Slugs do the most damage when cool, wet weather follows crop emergence. Few fields are planted this year, let alone emerged. By the time plants emerge, warm and dry conditions should help drive slugs below ground…Hear more

Controlling Fusarium Head Blight in Winter Wheat

Fusarium head blight can reduce wheat yields and grain quality. Fight that head blight with a fungicide application when the heads have fully emerged and begun to flower. This can usually be done when at least half the field has reached stage 10.5.1…Hear more

In the News

Gutterson Named to Most Influential in the European Seed Sector List

Neal Gutterson, Chief Technology Officer for Corteva AgriscienceTM, Agriculture Division of DowDuPont, was recently named one of the 20 most influential people in the European Seed Sector. Gutterson leads the research and development of all plant varieties and traits, crop protection products and predictive agriculture systems at Corteva Agriscience. Gutterson is committed to being transparent and proactive about CRISPR-Cas and how it is being used to find solutions for the future…Read more

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