News Briefs October 1, 2018


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Harvest 2018 isn’t in the books, but that won’t stop growers from planning for the 2019 growing season. Fall fertility programs and new products to protect and maximize grower investments are the forefront of most conversations, and Pioneer field agronomists are right there to answer whatever questions growers may have. This week’s media briefs cover maximizing manure applications, soybean stem canker and soybean quality. 

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Crop Insights

Maximizing Manure Applications

Growing Degree Units (GDUs) in 2018 have tracked 150 to 160 units ahead of schedule and 300 GDUs ahead of last growing season in Wisconsin, which resulted in an early harvest for many Wisconsin farmers, similar to the rest of the Midwest. Manure applications may start sooner than previously planned, and there are risks to applying early in the fall. Pioneer Field Agronomist Mike Gronski wants farmers to maximize the profitability of manure applications, and remember there’s a greater risk of nitrogen loss when soil temperatures are above 50 degrees…Hear more

Identifying Soybean Stem Canker

Brown, yellow patches throughout a soybean field may indicate soybean stem canker. Premature wilting and browning could indicate any number of infections, from white mold to brown stem rot. High moisture levels and high temperatures this growing season may cause soybean stem canker to be more of a concern…Hear more

Soybean Quality

As soybeans collect in the grain tank, growers may notice some discoloration in the soybeans. This discoloration can be caused by insect feeding, causing pods to rupture and the beans to rot, or from diseases such as Frog Eye Leaf Spot, which can leave dark discoloration marks on the beans…Hear more

In the News

Corteva Agriscience, Agriculture Division of DowDuPont, Names Senior Leaders

Corteva Agriscience, Agriculture Division of DowDuPont, recently named James Collins as the future CEO of the company. Collins currently serves as the ag division Chief Operating Officer, which includes oversight of Pioneer and Crop Protection units. Greg Friedman, who currently serves as the head of finance for Corteva Agriscience, will be the company’s executive vice president, and chief financial officer and ag division Head of Legal Cornel Fuerer will serve as senior vice president and general counsel for Corteva Agriscience…Read more

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