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Midwest Region Update - January 2018

In 2017 the performance power of NuTech Seed shined once again, with a wide range of conditions and or environments.
Down south in Missouri they had pretty good planting conditions, got some hard pounding rains which led to some flooding and crusting, causing some replant acres. From the end of June through the rest of the growing season, most of Missouri got nice timely rains and had almost an optimal growing season.
Moving North, Iowa had a dry year for most of the state, with timely rains coming in August and September. These rains helped the crops along and a combination of rain and cooler temps helped finish both corn and soybeans. In some cases, it seemed to bring the soybeans back to life.
In Minnesota, most of the state had good planting conditions and then in July the rain came in and seamed to almost rain every week. A few of those rain events even had isolated areas that saw amounts approaching 10”. Along with the rain came cooler temps, which made it harder to get heat units, and made for a later harvest.
The Dakotas’ were the tail of two environments. The western portions of the Dakotas’ were dry and seamed to stay dry for most of the growing season. The Red River Valley started off with good planting conditions and got timely rains so that the crops never were stressed too much. They didn’t have the optimum conditions of the past few years, but over all had close to an average growing season.
In all of these conditions, our performance did not waver. In independent third party trials, we ended up with 8 First place district finishes, 23 Top 5 district finishes, and 19 Top 10 district finishes. This shows the performance and choices that NuTech Seed has. Whatever mother nature throws at our growers, NuTech Seed has the ability to step up and perform.

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Central Region Update - January 2018

The best way to beat low commodity prices and variable input costs is to out yield them. That strategy seemed laughable going into harvest but we quickly realized there were more bushels out there than we thought, a lot more. Once again, NuTech Seed’s corn and soybean varieties had phenomenal performance in University and Independent trials, as well as, across the region on many thousands of acres.
The success wasn’t limited to a few top hybrids or varieties. We saw excellent performance throughout the entire line up which allows growers to be confident in planting a package to better manage risk through genetic diversity and a wider harvest window.
NuTech Seed soybeans with the LibertyLink® gene stood out in both yield and clean fields. Growers also appreciated the Peking source of resistance in some of our varieties to better manage soybean cyst nematode.
The cattlemen and dairymen also experienced stellar performance with our alfalfa and silage.
Our diverse portfolio of genetics, herbicide & insecticide traits, and conventional varieties offer farmers the choices they need to capitalize on profitability.

Liberty®, LibertyLink® and the Water Droplet Design are trademarks of Bayer.

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West Region Update - January 2018

“Things I know and Things I don’t know”! A quote from a writer from the Lincoln Journal Star.
2017 was an interesting year; we had an barrage of things hit the crop: Moisture early, then dry mid-season, and then a lot prior to harvest. Heat was below normal early and then came on late. Weed pressure was at an all-time high due to mother nature and our past chemical practices. Liberty® herbicide shined, Roundup application continued to show resistance, and the new dicamba tolerant varieties struggled for yield.
Wind, wind and more wind. We had 17 days in a row in September and into October where the wind was measured above 50 mph in Nebraska. Some hybrids and varieties were able to stand and weather the storm while others struggled.  Those fields that struggled still were able to yield and came in above the average! Bugs were also an issue in areas, but most came on too late to effect the yields.
All in all we had a phenomenal yield for 2017. The average yield for corn across the country was again an all-time high. NuTech Seed results in the F.I.R.S.T. Trials in the Western Region speak for themselves: 8 wins, 18 Top 5’s, 14 Top 10’s, 15 Top 15’s and 24 Top 25’s. Across the country, across the Midwest, no other seed company has had the four-year track record that NuTech Seed has delivered. Keep this in your mind as you make your decisions and seed purchases for 2018.
Do you have questions for your operation for 2018? If your yields were above your average, have you applied enough fertilizer to recoup what you pulled from your profile? What worked in 2016 may have not worked in 2017. What may not have worked in 2017 may be your best practice for 2018. We cannot control mother nature: rain, heat, frost, wind, etc., but with your best practices, you can make profitable decisions for 2018 and beyond. Talk with your local NuTech Seed representative, NuTech Seed DSM, or your NuTech Seed Regional Agronomist and let us help you in your decision making process.
One other note: If you’re planning to use the Roundup Ready 2 Xtend® technology for 2018, make sure you get your certification done prior to season. All states will have additional training required for 2018 and beyond if you intend to spray dicamba-based products.
Have a Happy New Year, and be safe!

DO NOT APPLY DICAMBA HERBICIDE IN-CROP TO SOYBEANS WITH Roundup Ready 2 Xtend® technology unless you use a dicamba herbicide product that is specifically labeled for that use in the location where you intend to make the application. IT IS A VIOLATION OF FEDERAL AND STATE LAW TO MAKE AN IN-CROP APPLICATION OF ANY DICAMBA HERBICIDE PRODUCT ON SOYBEANS WITH Roundup Ready 2 Xtend® technology, OR ANY OTHER PESTICIDE APPLICATION, UNLESS THE PRODUCT LABELING SPECIFICALLY AUTHORIZES THE USE. Contact the U.S. EPA and your state pesticide regulatory agency with any questions about the approval status of dicamba herbicide products for in-crop use with soybeans with Roundup Ready 2 Xtend® technology.
. Soybeans with Roundup Ready 2 Xtend® technology contain genes that confer tolerance to glyphosate and dicamba. Glyphosate herbicides will kill crops that are not tolerant to glyphosate. Dicamba will kill crops that are not tolerant to dicamba.
Roundup Ready 2 Xtend® is a registered trademark of Monsanto Technology LLC used under license.

Liberty®, LibertyLink® and the Water Droplet Design are trademarks of Bayer.

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Take 10

During harvest, allow yourself 10 minutes per field. There's more to look at in a corn hybrid or soybean variety than just the yield. Yes, I agree yield is the most important factor, but there are other things to consider.

  • Do you see logged stalks or plants?
  • Do you see signs of diseases?
  • Do you see signs of insect damage?
  • Did mother nature throw you a curve this season? (Early frost, hail, wind damage, too much moisture, not enough moisture)
  • Did you have adequate fertility for your crop?
  • Do you see any signs of deficiencies like Nitrogen leaching, barren stalks, or your crop matured earlier than it should have?

These are some things to consider as your harvest progresses.

Last but not least, please take an additional 10 minutes to make sure you're working safely and taking the time needed to do your job the right way!

Have a Safe and bountiful harvest!

Midwest Region Harvest Update

Harvest has begun in the Midwest region! Most growers I have talked to are happy with the yields they are seeing so far, with the growing season they have had. From my perspective, the higher yields are coming from the growers that had a plan and executed it all season long! They planted in good conditions, had a great fertility plan, applied a fungicide, and are targeting corn harvest in the mid to lower 20’s.
Soybeans are also getting started and once again, these growers had a plan! They chose a herbicide program that controlled their weeds and in 75% of the whole field yields I have heard of, those growers chose to go with a Liberty system. These soybeans had fungicide applied and a few of the better yields had a foliar spray applied as well.
Agronomically, the corn crop as a whole looks pretty good. I’m not seeing very much lodging in my travels, except a few spots of Anthracnose, and some minor root lodging in some low lying wetter areas. I have also seen some Anthracnose Top Dieback, which led to some premature plant death. This isn’t cause a whole lot of damage, it’s just making setting the combine a little more difficult.
On the Soybean side, the northern region seems to be hit hard by white mold this year. Frequent precipitation and cooler temperatures have let this pathogen thrive. Stands in the central and southern regions seem to be holding up so far.