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  • May 12, 2011

    Corn planting races to completion

    The first reports of completed corn planting are coming in. A central Illinois grower e-mailed today that he just finished planting his largest corn crop acreage ever and he did it in six days. He anticipates an excellent crop because it was planted just prior to the optimum planting date for his area of May 10. He also noted that in his neighborhood, some growers planted corn in early April. Those seeds rotted and the growers just finished replanting those fields....More
  • May 2, 2011

    Drought-tolerant hybrids available from Pioneer Hi-Bred

    The new Optimum AquaMax corn hybrids from Pioneer Hi-Bred are designed hold a yield advantage in limited water and drought environments, according to Monica Patterson, senior marketing manager, technology launch....More
  • May 2, 2011

    2011 seed outlook from Bill Belzer, Pioneer Hi-Bred

    Optimism runs high at Pioneer Hi-Bred for the 2011 crop season with high commodity prices, according to Bill Belzer, senior marketing manager of North America corn....More
  • Apr 25, 2011

    Pioneer Hi-Bred's Optimum AcreMax 1 includes rootworm refuge in the bag

    Pioneer Hi-Bred's first refuge-in-a-bag product, Optimum AcreMax 1, has seen strong sales for 2011, according to Bill Belzer, senior marketing manager, North America corn. The next generation of refuge products should be approved for use in 2012....More
  • Apr 14, 2011

    Pioneer Hi-Bred considers farm seed selling a 12-month cycle

    The business of selling seed to farmers is no longer seasonal, but a year-long cycle, according to Bill Belzer, Pioneer Hi-Bred senior marketing manager, North America corn....More
  • Apr 11, 2011

    Monsanto receives approval of refuge-in-a-bag product

    Monsanto just received full regulatory approval for a single-bag refuge product for corn. The product is called Genuity SmartStax RIB Complete and can be planted across a corn grower’s entire field. It is a blend of 95% Genuity SmartStax corn seed and 5% refuge (non-Bt) seed. No separate, structured refuge is needed for either above- or below-ground pests in the Corn Belt. Monsanto does caution that growers planting Genuity SmartStax without the RIB Complete will still need a refuge....More
  • Apr 4, 2011
    Farm Industry News

    EMD markets new growth promoter product called Ratchet

    A new postemerge product for corn and soybeans called Ratchet is available from EMD Crop Bioscience. Ratchet is a growth promoter to help increase yields. Last year's field trials demonstrated a 4- to 5-bu./acre advantage with Ratchet in corn and a 1- to 2-bu./acre yield increase in soybeans, according to Chuck Broughton, EMD....More
  • Mar 15, 2011
    Farm Industry News

    Novozymes expands biologicals with EMD purchase

    Novozymes is branching further into the U.S. biological market with the purchase of EMD/Merck Crop BioScience. David Fox, Novozymes marketing manager, explains why there's a growth in the biologicals for the farm market....More
  • Mar 14, 2011

    Optimum AcreMax from Pioneer Hi-Bred simplifies refuge planting

    Optimum AcreMax is a first generation seed product from Pioneer Hi-Bred available for planting spring 2011....More
  • Jan 27, 2011

    Battle for the drought-tolerant hybrid seed dollar

    As drought-tolerant hybrids make their way to market, at least one agronomist thinks the Western Corn Belt could be ground zero for an all-out battle for market share. "Drought-tolerant corn could expand seed companies' markets," says Kraig Roozeboom, Extension agronomist at Kansas State University. "Continued expansion of corn acreage at the expense of other crops, such as wheat and sorghum, will mean greater corn seed sales -- which is the most profitable sector of the seed market."...More
  • Jan 6, 2011

    Pioneer unveils drought-tolerant hybrids

    Producers will have 8 new drought-tolerant hybrids available across five genetic platforms from Pioneer for 2011. The new hybrids, which will be marketed under the Optimum AQUAmax brand name (previously announced as Drought Tolerant 1 hybrids) , contain a collection of native corn traits that improve water access and utilization, and the company says the hybrids showed a 5 percent yield advantage, on average, over leading commercially available competitor and other Pioneer brand hybrids....More

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