Education & Agriculture

CCCropSurvey[b]Team member Amy Kolweier gives a report on the southeast section of the county where she did yield estimates. [b](Photo by Bryan Hunt)    The Clinton County Farm Bureau completed its annual Clinton County Crop Survey on Wednesday, Sept. 11.
    Teams of surveyors consisted of Farm Bureau members, agri-business representatives, and ag students from Breese Mater Dei. 
    A total of five teams surveyed Clinton County.  The results of the survey are summarized below.
    The county was divided into five areas with up to 6-10 samples taken in each area.  Average corn yields calculated for each area are as follows:
    Corn (bu.)    
    Northwest    194.0
    Northeast    189.0
    Southwest    178.7
    South Central    178.5
    Southeast    148.8
    The county average was at    180.36.        
    Corn samplings ranged from a low of 122 to a high of 230 bushels per acre. The committee did not attempt to make an estimate on soybeans, as maturity levels varied so widely with late planting. 
    The Farm Bureau’s marketing committee shared the results of the survey with about 35 members at the Yield Survey report meeting last Wednesday following the survey earlier that day. 
    Marketing chairman Cliff Schuette thanked members of the survey team for taking the time to conduct the survey. 
    Team members were  Amy Kolweier, Ray Krausz, Cliff Schuette, Gary Knolhoff, Brad Conant, Dan Obert, Cole Patrick, Glenn Netemeyer, Morgan Huelsmann, Logan Vonder Haar, Brandon Huelsmann and Brennan Kehrer. 
    During the results meeting, Cole Patrick from COUNTRY Financial Crop Insurance also showed aerial drone footage he captured during the survey earlier in the day. 
    Patrick explained how COUNTRY uses drones to identify areas of crop stress and damage from the air, helping them better target crop losses and improve the claims process for their clients. 
    Patrick also provided some statistics on replant and prevent plant claims paid in 2019 as a result of one of the most challenging planting seasons in recent memory. 
    He indicated that over 2,600 prevent-plant claims had been filed in 2019, with over $40 million paid out to-date. $3.4 million was the next closest prevent plant season prior to 2019.

HartmannStineSeedBrian Hartmann of Stine Seed Co. (on right) discusses corn varieties planted on the Louis Timmermann farm outside of Breese on Sept. 13. (Photo by Bryan Hunt)    More than 80 farmers and specialists attended a plot tour and presentation on Sept. 13 by Myron Stine, president of Stine Seed Co. of Adel, Iowa, at the farm of Louis and Joyce Timmermann, north of Breese on Cyber Tel Road.
    The field day included plot tours of 24 plots each of corn and soybean varieties and discussion of the company’s new and existing soybean technologies with Stine.
    Asked if the tour of the plots would be a first exposure to those technologies, including Enlist E3, Stine said, “On some of the products out there it’s a first time they’ll see them. On some of the stuff, they’re already using, so you have a little bit of both.”
    Cliff Schuette, a Stine Seed district sales manager, with the company over 31 years, was on hand for the event, as was Brian Hartmann, a national corn product manager for Stine Seed.
    Schuette and Hartmann would lead the plot tours talking about the varieties planted and their advantages when being used in specific settings, like varying soils, in flat or on hilly terrain, or dry or moist soil conditions. And how Stine varieties fared against competitors’ seeds.
    Stine, in his presentation, would focus on three technologies: GT27, LibertyLink GT27, and Enlist E3 soybeans.
    Stine said his company develops corn and soybean genetics, and herbicide trade platforms within those genetics.
    Enlist E3 is a technology where the farmer can spray three kinds of herbicides onto beans “and that brings a lot of versatility to the farmer,” Stine said, “as opposed to having a herbicide trade platform that has only one herbicide you can spray onto it” or two herbicides a farmer could apply.
    Stine said he calls Enlist E3 “the path of least resistance for growing soybeans, which is a big deal, because anytime you can bring a technology to the industry that is easier and more versatile and more cost-effective, growers can take that and grow product more efficiently.”
    Stine said his company “is heavily involved with the development of that technology” with everything in the industry coming out of their related programs, whether it’s with their brand or other seed companies that are licensing the material from Stine.
    “We feel like we need to educate everybody about it [the new technology],” Stine said.
    “The Timmermann family here has supported us very very well,” Stine said, who’s been to the farm five to six times. “Just a great family to work with … they’ve helped us a lot here.”
    The plot on the Timmermanns’ farm is not a research plot for the seed company, but a plot where customers can get an up-close look at the products. 
    Stine, during his post-meal talk, told the farmers that his company is focused on developing genetics, because “at the end of the day, the genetics you plant on your farm are going to be one of the biggest determining factors of the performance of that product.”
    Stine was also able to take and answer a number of questions from his audience.

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