News Briefs October 14, 2019


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The USDA Market report recently increased its projection of the average corn crop yield to 168.4 bu/A while dropping its soybean yield estimate to 46.9 bu/A. No matter the yields, Pioneer field agronomists are in the field to provide advice and guidance to farmers. 

This week’s briefs cover green stem syndrome, non-fungicide applied fields, directed scouting and recycling used blue jeans into housing insulation. 

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Crop Insights

Green Stem Syndrome

Green stem syndrome occurs when soybean plants maintain green stems and leaves after pods reach full maturity and harvestable moisture levels. There could be several things that cause this phenomenon, such as disease or pest pressure, but this syndrome is typically seen when a stressor causes pod loss…Hear more

Managing Non-Fungicide Applied Fields

Many corn farmers opted not to apply late-season fungicides, for good reason. However, those fields are at risk of compromised stalk integrity as the season lengthens. Gray leaf spot causes brown patches that may look like the plant reaching maturity. This disease damages plant cells and increases the risk of stalk cannibalization as corn diverts all energy to finishing ear development. Monitoring stalk and root integrity can help avoid harvestability issues…Hear more

Directed Scouting

Using digital tools to guide a more directed scouting can give farmers a clear snapshot of their fields, but also provide glimpses of how crop health is changing over time. A 15-day plant health assessment can highlight problem areas to prioritize and protect yield…Hear more

In the News

The Blue Jeans Go Green™ Program and PhytoGen Renew Collaboration for 2020

PhytoGen, the U.S. cottonseed brand of Corteva Agriscience, is again teaming with Cotton Incorporated’s Blue Jeans Go Green™ denim recycling program in 2020 to help bring cotton’s sustainability message full circle. The Blue Jeans Go Green™ program collects used denim, which is recycled into housing insulation, keeping textile waste out of landfills and helping with building efforts in communities around the country.

“Our goal is to enrich the lives of those who produce as well as those who consume, ensuring progress for generations to come,” Hank King, PhytoGen General Manager, said. “Working with Cotton Incorporated’s Blue Jeans Go Green™ program, as well as local FFA and 4-H chapters, allows us to live out our values in a tangible way. It’s good for producers, our communities and the cotton industry. It’s our privilege to continue a program that raises awareness of cotton and sustainability issues while offering a chance for FFA and 4-H chapters to compete for a good cause.”…Read more

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