News Briefs November 4, 2019


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While snow in late October and early November is not uncommon, it certainly isn’t the norm. Dealing with cold and snow during harvest can be challenging, but Pioneer’s agronomists are available to help answer any questions farmers may have about their fields. 

This week’s briefs cover harvesting frozen corn as silage, managing frost-damaged soybeans and using soybean harvest aids effectively. 

Want to speak with an expert on these or other topics? Contact Kacey Birchmier

Crop Insights

Harvesting Frozen Corn as Silage

Frost or freeze damage may come into play this year as snow blanketed much of the Midwest last week. Some corn planted for grain may not be at maturity, which may result in farmers attempting to harvest for silage. Monitor frozen cornfields for whole plant moisture and harvest as soon as plants are below 70% moisture, depending on the silo structure being filled. Excessively wet corn silage – greater than 70% moisture – will leach from storage and lead to undesirable fermentation characteristics…Read more

Managing Frost-Damaged Soybeans

Ideally, soybeans should be at or below 16% seed moisture for harvest, but with early frosts, some fields may be wetter than this later in the season. In those cases, harvesting at 18% or higher can be done if the soybeans are defoliated. If farmers have frost-damaged soybeans, combine settings may have to be adjusted to minimize harvest losses. Reducing the concave clearance and increasing rotor or cylinder speed can aid in harvesting wet, tough soybeans…Read more

Using Soybean Harvest Aids Effectively

Several factors can reduce soybean harvest efficiency, including late-season weed pressure, plants retaining green leaves despite mature pods and soybean plants with tough green stems or green pods. In many of these situations, soybean harvest aids can improve harvest efficiency. Harvest aids can be used to defoliate and desiccate foliage and stems on soybean plants and weeds, facilitating a quicker and more efficient harvest. Benefits include increased net yields and fewer deductions at the elevator that often increase overall returns…Read more

In the News

Corteva Agriscience, MicroMGx Collaborate on Microbial-Based Crop Protection Products

Corteva Agriscience and MicroMGx recently announced a collaboration that aims to provide farmers with a wider range of microbial-based crop protection products. As part of the agreement, MicroMGx will apply its metabologenomics platform to accelerate the identification of new natural product starting points. In a first for the agriculture industry, Corteva will use those starting points to discover and develop naturally derived crop protection solutions.

“With 20-plus years of leadership in green chemistry, Corteva Agriscience has a long and successful track record of discovering natural and naturally derived products,” said Neal Gutterson, Senior Vice President and Chief Technology Officer, Corteva Agriscience. “We are excited to collaborate with MicroMGx to explore novel approaches for speeding up the process of discovering the next generation of innovative crop protection products.”…Read more

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