News Briefs September 24, 2018


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Farmers don’t have an easy job. The to-do list is never-ending: select desirable hybrid and variety traits, manage a fertility program, scout and control weeds and pests. Not to mention reacting to Mother Nature’s curveballs. Fortunately, Pioneer’s dedicated local agronomists work directly with growers to provide solid agronomic knowledge so they can succeed year-after-year. This week’s media briefs cover Pioneer® brand A-series soybeans Big A Challenge, potassium removal and understanding corn kernel drydown.

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Crop Insights

Potassium Removal in Soybean Fields

Much of Indiana will have exceptional soybean yields this season. As yields increase, crops remove nutrients, including potassium, from the soil. To maintain yield levels, the question becomes, ‘how are those nutrients replaced?’ Over-applying fertilizer is wasteful and expensive, but without crucial nutrients, crops won’t achieve their highest yields…Hear more

Understanding Corn Kernel Drydown

After black layer is reached, corn begins to rapidly drydown if conditions are favorable. Warm, dry days and nights will speed up drydown. On the other hand, cold, rainy days can almost stop kernel drydown. Other factors may include husk coverage, relative humidity and wind speed…Hear more

In the News

Corteva Agriscience Announces New Leadership Structure

Corteva Agriscience™, the Agriculture division of DowDuPont, recently announced a series of changes to its leadership structure designed to optimize the company’s ability to deliver growth and value for shareholders, customers and employees as an independent, pure-play agriculture company. The new structure is intended to prepare Corteva to function as a unified, independent company to support its seed, crop protection and digital businesses…Read more

Pioneer® brand A-Series Soybeans Make “A” Big Splash with the Big A Challenge

Pioneer® brand A-series soybeans and local Iowa and Illinois FFA chapters are teaming up for the Big A Challenge. Fifteen chapters from Iowa and Illinois will be selected to compete in the Big A Challenge — which will culminate at the 2019 Farm Progress Show in Decatur, Ill. — for a chance to win up to $2,500 for their chapter. The 15 chapters will decorate seven-foot-tall Big A statues, highlighting A-Series soybeans cutting-edge science and game-changing yield potential…Read more here and here

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