News Briefs October 21, 2019


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A wet growing season has led to a later than normal harvest. Farmers are left to deal with the challenges a delayed harvest brings. Do they wait for the right moisture levels and risk frost injury or harvest early and spend more on drying costs? No matter the question, Pioneer agronomists are available to provide guidance and strategies for harvest. 

This week’s briefs cover fallow corn syndrome, Diplodia stalk rot and delayed corn crop considerations. 

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Crop Insights

Preventing Fallow Corn Syndrome in 2020

Fallow corn syndrome occurs when soil is left unplanted after flooding. Without plants to feed on, crucial soil-based microbes will start to die off, potentially hurting the 2020 corn crop. Planting a cover crop this fall will allow those beneficial microbes to develop and increase populations for the spring…Hear more

Diplodia Stalk Rot

Corn plants dying in an otherwise healthy field may be due to stalk rots. Weakness on the nodes indicates either Gibberella stalk rot or Diplodia stalk rot. Both Diplodia and Gibberella have little black specks on the stalk. These fruiting bodies are the best way to differentiate between the two stalk rots. If the specs are easily wiped away, you are dealing with Gibberella. If they stay put, it’s Diplodia…Hear more

Managing for Delayed Corn Crop Development

Late planting or cool summer conditions often delay corn development and maturity. When corn development continues into the fall, grain may be wetter at harvest, increasing drying costs and the potential for mechanical damage. The later into fall the crop goes, the higher the risk of a killing frost. In these seasons, farmers can take several steps to make harvest easier and protect grain quality. If possible, consider harvesting or selling more of the crop as silage or as high-moisture corn…Read more

In the News

Corteva Agriscience Latin American President Honored for Executive Excellence

Alejandro Muñoz, President, Corteva Agriscience Latin America, has been named the recipient of the Great Minds in STEM™ (GMiS) Executive Excellence award. Muñoz was honored at the Hispanic Engineer National Achievement Awards Conference (HENAAC) in Lake Buena Vista, Florida.

“This is a great honor for Alejandro and for Corteva Agriscience,” said Tim Glenn, Executive Vice President, Chief Commercial Officer for Corteva Agriscience. “Much of the success our company enjoys today can be attributed to Alejandro and changes he implemented in how we serve customers in different markets. His unique grasp of differing cultures has influenced how Corteva Agriscience is represented and serves customers around the world.”…Read more

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