News Briefs November 26, 2018


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There is a lot to be thankful for this year. Despite different challenges this growing season, Pioneer customers continue to see great yields along with unrivaled support. This week’s media briefs cover till vs. no-till, dwarf bunt in winter wheat and soil sampling. 

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Crop Insights

To Till or Not to Till

That is the question. No-till crop production is becoming a popular option for growers as they seek to reduce input costs and labor while complying with government conservation programs. Many U.S. and Canadian studies have compared yields under no-till vs. conventional tillage, but results often appear to be contradictory. University and private research indicates tillage has little effect on the yield potential of high-performing corn genetics. However, agronomic traits such as disease resistance or early season seedling vigor and emergence can cause some genetics to perform poorly under high residue no-tillage systems than under conventional tillage…Read more

Controlling Dwarf Bunt in Winter Wheat

Dwarf bunt, a fungal disease of winter wheat, gets its name from the stunted or dwarfed result of infected plants compared to normal plants. Continuous or heavy snow cover on unfrozen ground, often between December and February, favors infection. Avoid planting winter wheat in fields known to have dwarf bunt and do not keep any seeds from an infected plant. Fungicide seed treatments help control the disease…Read more

The Importance of Soil Sampling

Efficient management of field inputs reduces the risk of yield loss and maximizes profitability. Soil testing is a reliable, relatively inexpensive management tool for growers to assess crop nutrient levels. Soil samples should be taken every two to four years. Samples should be collected at the same time of year each time they are collected so analyses are comparable over time…Read more

In the News

Corteva Agriscience™, Agriculture Division of DowDuPont, Announced Partnership with National 4-H Council and Pheasants Forever

Corteva Agriscience, Agriculture Division of DowDuPont, has announced a partnership with the National 4-H Council and Pheasants Forever. The program, Corteva Grows Pollinator Habitat, will support monarch butterfly and pollinator habitat at Corteva Agriscience locations throughout the United States. Through this program, Corteva Agriscience will engage 4-H youth to help increase pollinator habitats and populations, supporting biodiversity. The program will also strengthen pollinator education efforts through Pheasants Forever's Youth Pollinator Habitat Program. 

"We are committed to creating pollinator habitats, now and in the future, and our efforts are growing with the help of key partners who share our same vision," said Krysta Harden, Corteva Agriscience Senior Vice President of External Affairs and Chief Sustainability Officer. "There are many things we can do to support bees, butterflies and other pollinators, no matter where you live. Ensuring they have adequate habitats and plentiful food sources provides a strong foundation for pollinators."…Read more

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