News Briefs November 27, 2017


News You Can Use As I reflect on the past year, I’m thankful for the privilege of working for a great company with a talented, dedicated team, all while providing you with sources and ideas for stories to help farmers improve productivity and profitability. I’m also thankful for a new opportunity on the horizon. Starting Dec. 4, I am moving to a new role as the marketing communication manager for Crop Protection’s corn and soybean herbicides. It has been a pleasure working with each and every one of you, and I look forward to reconnecting at trade shows and other industry events.

While my replacement has yet to be named, Gregg Schmidt is leading the public affairs group and is looking forward to receiving your media requests during this interim period. You can reach Gregg at


Pioneer In the News

Do Soybeans Need Additive Nitrogen?

Two scientific articles by Nebraska researchers have shown yet again that supplemental nitrogen on soybeans has, at best, a modest effect on yields but a big effect on the pocketbook — and not in a good way.

Joe Ailts, an account manager with DuPont Pioneer, said that, as legumes, soybeans work with bacteria to manufacture their own nitrogen, thus the thought there might be an additive effect from applied nitrogen that bolsters yields. However, in the presence of high nitrogen, nitrogen-fixers take a break…Read more

Harvesting on Thanksgiving

While many gave thanks over the weekend, others were out in the field trying to wrap up harvest 2017. Mary Gumz, with DuPont Pioneer, says there is still corn standing in northwest Indiana, but with the wet weather, she urges producers not to rush into fieldwork.

“Don’t try to work these fields while they are wet. You will add to soil compaction for next year,” she said…Read more

Crop Insights

What Are Your Soil Potassium Levels?

Recent tests by DuPont Pioneer suggest that potassium fertilizer levels throughout the Corn Belt may not be keeping pace with higher nutrient removal rates that are accompanied by increasing crop yields. Even with yield increases, the fact that fertilizer applications have remained relatively flat or declined in some areas raises the question of whether deficient soils could be limiting further gains in yield…Read more

Harvesting Frost-Damaged Corn

It is difficult to know when to harvest frost-damaged corn because of the differing degrees of plant damage in the field. If a substantial percentage of kernels have been frozen and appear watery or discolored, those are non-viable kernels and will not deposit any further starch. However, if the majority of the kernels on the ear look normal, they can continue to deposit starch from the leaves that avoided the frost…Read more

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