News Briefs September 3, 2019


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The dust has settled and the sun has set on another Farm Progress Show. Pioneer presented the winner of its Big A Challenge to the Mount Ayr FFA chapter from Mount Ayr, Iowa. Congratulations Mount Ayr FFA! Our Pioneer stage featured the latest product and digital technology information, weather and market updates, and consumer and culinary discussions. 

This week’s briefs cover corn rootworm variants, nematode damage on corn roots and identifying Physoderma brown spot. 

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Crop Insights

Western Corn Rootworm Variant and Northern Corn Rootworm

The Western corn rootworm variant and Northern corn rootworm are serious threats to corn. Sticky trap sampling is a useful tool for tracking populations and identifying which rootworms are present. Recently, damage has been higher in corn-following-corn fields…Hear more

Nematode Damage on Corn Roots

Corn nematodes can significantly reduce yield by damaging corn roots. By clipping the roots and eliminating the fine hairs of the root, corn nematodes make sure the plant isn’t able to draw necessary moisture and nutrients from the soil, resulting in poor plant growth…Hear more

Southern Rust vs. Physoderma Brown Spot

Southern rust and Physoderma brown spot may present similar symptoms. Physoderma brown spot presents lesions on the leaf, but they may also appear on the leaf sheath, stalks and ear husks. These lesions are small, oblong or circular, and yellow or brown in color. Midrib color distinguishes these diseases. If Physoderma is the culprit, the midrib is often purplish to brown. With Southern rust, the midrib is brown to purplish…Hear more

In the News

Iowa FFA Chapter Wins Pioneer® Brand A-Series Soybeans Big A Challenge

Three Iowa FFA chapters were awarded bragging rights and cash prizes in the Pioneer® brand A-Series Soybeans Big A Challenge. The winning chapters were recognized and their statues displayed prominently at the 2019 Farm Progress Show in Decatur, Illinois. 

Judges selected Mount Ayr FFA of Mount Ayr, Iowa, as the overall winner of the $2,500 top prize. North Tama FFA of Traer, Iowa, won $1,500 for second place and Wayne FFA of Corydon, Iowa, earned $1,000 for third place. The top three chapters were chosen from 15 finalist chapters in Iowa and Illinois…Read more

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