News Briefs October 15, 2018


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The wet weather has resulted in pod shattering in soybean fields that were mature and dry before the weather changed. A few adjustments should be made before harvesting those soybean fields. Pioneer’s team of agronomists are on-call and in the field day-in and day-out to help farmers manage whatever Mother Nature throws their way. This week’s media briefs cover yield loss from soybean pod shattering, corn stalk integrity and soybean sudden death syndrome. 

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Crop Insights

Reducing Yield Loss from Soybean Pod Shattering

Plants are designed to release and scatter seeds in order to propagate the next generation, but as part of domestication and breeding, this characteristic has largely been removed from soybeans. However, farmers may experience soybean pod shattering due to the late rainfall events and the wetting and drying cycles after the soybean has matured. Yield loss from pod shattering can be broken down to pre-harvest loss, and gathering loss that results from pods that shatter at the header during harvest. The risk of yield losses from pod shattering becomes greater when harvest is delayed more than 10 days beyond maturity…Read more

Scouting and Evaluating Corn Stalk Integrity

With harvest underway and delayed due to wet conditions in some areas, it’s critical for growers to stay on top of stalk quality issues before lodging and yield loss occurs. Factors that may cause stalk integrity to degrade include above average growing degree unit accumulation throughout the season, foliar disease and reduced solar radiation…Hear more

Soybean Sudden Death Syndrome

Soybean Sudden Death Syndrome (SDS) has been more common than usual throughout 2018. While infection occurs early in the season, signs often won’t become apparent until late July or August. Early planting, wet conditions and soybean cyst nematodes are all factors that increase the risk of SDS infection…Hear more

In the News

Corteva AgriscienceTM, Agriculture Division of DowDuPont, Renames VellozineTMActive to ReklemelTM Active

Corteva AgriscienceTM, Agriculture Division of DowDuPont, recently announced that VellozineTM active will be renamed to ReklemelTM active, effective immediately. Reklemel is a novel sulfonamide nematicide with a unique mode of action against plant-parasitic nematodes, which differentiates it from other nematicides on the market. It will be a core component of integrated nematode management programs offered by Corteva Agriscience …Read more

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