News Briefs October 22, 2018


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Use Fields are drying out and growers are anxiously resuming harvest, providing food to the world. Last week, you saw the release of the Global Food Security Index report, sponsored by Corteva Agriscience™, Agriculture Division of DowDuPont, which looks at the root causes of global food insecurity. Corteva Agriscience remains committed to global initiatives and sustainability to improve agriculture science, both at home and abroad. This week’s media briefs cover the effect of delayed corn harvest on yield, fall nitrogen considerations and soybeans anthracnose. 

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Crop Insights

Harvest Timing Effect on Corn Yield and Moisture

Pioneer has long-studied the effect delayed harvest may have on final yield and moisture levels in corn, including an 18-site study in 2013. The study found that the yield was greater with an early harvest at 13 of the 18 locations, with an average difference of 2.9 bu/A. However, the adjusted gross income was greater with a later harvest due to reduced drying expenses with drier grain…Read more

Fall Nitrogen Considerations

Farmers are beginning to ruminate on fall nitrogen applications. Time and weather are crucial variables to consider given that nitrogen is mobile and vulnerable to leeching and loss. Growers may want to consider a nitrogen stabilizer which works to protect…Hear more

Soybean Anthracnose

Harvest is usually wrapping up by the time soybean anthracnose becomes noticeable in soybean fields. Soybean anthracnose is a different species than the pathogen that attacks corn and is a surface level infection that, while present all season long, only appears near the tail end…Hear more

In the News

Corteva Agriscience™, Agriculture Division of DowDuPont, and The Economist Intelligence Unit Release 2018 Global Food Security Index Findings

The Global Food Security Index (GFSI) report, sponsored by Corteva Agriscience, provides a common framework for understanding the root causes of food insecurity. For the first time, Singapore claims the top spot in the 2018 GFSI ranking. Singapore sits in the top spot due in part to GDP per capita has risen nearly 30 percent since 2012, and the percentage of household expenditure that is spent on food is 6.9 percent. 

For the second year in a row, the United States GFSI rating dropped. After maintaining the top spot from 2012 and 2016, the U.S. is now tied for third with the United Kingdom…Read more

Big A Challenge Application Deadline Nearing

The application deadline for the Big A Challenge — a contest in which 15 FFA chapters from Iowa and Illinois decorate seven-foot-tall Big A statues, highlighting A-Series soybeans cutting-edge science and game-changing yield potential — is rapidly approaching. The contest will culminate at the 2019 Farm Progress Show in Decatur, Ill…Read more here and here

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