News Briefs September 9, 2019


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No growing season is completely separate from the previous season. Farmers need to consider historical factors, such as disease or insect pressure, soil conditions, and previous crop performance. Pioneer agronomists discuss these and many other facets of the growing season when in the field with farmers, making sure to address top priorities.

This week’s briefs cover identifying ear molds, tips for soil sampling and how to avoid fallow corn syndrome in 2020.

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Crop Insights

Identifying Ear Molds

Not all ear molds are created equal. Some produce dangerous mycotoxins while others are relatively harmless. Identifying ear molds prior to harvest can help determine potential problems. If 10% of the ears have mold on more than 25% of the ear, it’s best to send samples for identification. Contact a crop insurance agent if molds are present, especially if the level of infection may affect grain quality…Read more

Tips for Soil Sampling After Harvest

Soil samples should be collected every two to four years in any given field. Sampling more often rarely provides additional information. After harvest is a good time to gather a sample because crops are not growing. Move any residue, debris or vegetation aside to get clean soil samples. Soil sampling helps farmers better manage field inputs and reduce the risk of yield losses…Read more

Avoiding Fallow Corn Syndrome in 2020

Fallow corn syndrome occurs when flooded fields are left unplanted until the next corn growing season, reducing the population of beneficial soil fungi that help corn roots absorb nutrients. Because of this year’s wet weather, this is a potential issue for some farmers. Cover crops can help, but not all crops are effective. Oats are a good choice to help avoid fallow corn syndrome in 2020…Hear more

In the News

First Corteva Agriscience-Funded Rural Scholarship Awarded for Computer Languages Program

Corteva Agriscience, together with Des Moines Area Community College (DMACC), has awarded the first of 25 scholarships as part of a pilot program announced June 5 to train rural-based students in high-value, high-demand software development and technology skills.

The winner, Safura Khan of Glidden, Iowa, will participate in a 10-class computer science program offered through DMACC. Upon completion of the classes, Khan will be eligible for a four-month training program at The Forge, a high-tech facility in the heart of Jefferson, Iowa, that Accenture opened Sept. 7.

“Corteva Agriscience doesn’t just serve the community, it is part of the community,” said Debra King, Corteva Agriscience Chief Information Officer. “This scholarship aligns with our vision to improve the lives of generations to come by investing in rural renewal and in the diverse and talented students who will solve the challenges of the future.

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