Into the Future and Beyond……..

Good morning everyone.  It’s been another great week around the area although it’s been a little on the colder side.  Last week we had some weather that made it feel more like fall then summer, but the temps will be up in the 80s today and our crops will be growing.  Looking at the GDUs comparing this year to the five year average we are about spot on with the five year average and about 18 ahead of 2011, which is a good comparison in planting dates as compared to this year.  We will definately need some warmer weather throughout August and hopefully a later freeze to help growers out.

One great thing about Nuseed is that as an independent company we have the opportunity to bring in genetics and traits from more then one supplier to fit our region and customers needs.  This gives us the advantage of having mutliple trait options, a diverse genetic background throughout our hybrids, and to be able to offer newest technology options that are out there.  This past week we had the chance to visit with our friends at Greenleaf Genetics and take a look at their latest and greatest technologies.  Here are some of the highlights.

The first is their release of the newest corn rootworm trait Agriusre Duracade.  This technology will be availabe for planting in 2014 and provides some of the best rootworm control that I have seen.  This is a new MOA on rootworm and provides what is considered almost high dose control of rootworms.  This new trait will be stacked with their exsisting CRW trait and will qualify for a reduced refuge and a one bag refuge option.   Look for Nuseed seed to be having our first Duracade option for planting in 2015.

The next stop on the tour was their water optimization corn technology, or for most of us drought tolerant corn.  The product is called Agrisure Artesian and is available for planting this year, and we will be testing it in our program next year.  This is product is the incorporation of three different methods of advanced plant breeding that identifies 13 different genes that are responsible for reducing stress under drought conditions.  Of these genes three of them are most active during the flowering period with the other ten being involved in season long stress mitigation.  This is a great technology for our growers in the generally drier regions in western North and South Dakota.  The concept behind this is that in areas or years of good moisture there will be no differences in yield, but under stress conditions it will preserve up to 15% more yield then other hybrids.

Next is their release of MGI soybeans which are going to be released sometime around 2016 – 2018.  As you may remember from my past blog on the future of soybeans I wasn’t 100% sure on what their release was going to be, well now I know.  The MGI stands for mesotrione (Callisto), glufosinate (Liberty), and isoxaflutole (Balance).  This technology will offer growers a lot of flexibilty in pre and post applications in their soybeans and different modes of action for control of those pesky glyphosate resistant weeds.

After meetings like this I get very excited about our future in the seed business. The technologies we are incorporating for increased yields, better weed and insect control options, and options to preserve yield in stressed environments are all amazing breakthroughs that are going to help feed the world into the future.

One final note for sunflower growers out there, it is time to start scouting for banded sunflower moth around the area.  Yesterday I spoke with a consultant around the Dumont area and he is seeing pretty heavy pressure in some of this confection fields.  To scout and sample start at least 100 feet in from the field margins, counting moths on 20 plants in each locations for a total of 100 plants.  When spraying for moths I believe it is better to error on the early side and a grower should be considering spraying at about 10% bloom, escpecially if they are confections.  For a more indepth recommendation on this feel free to email me at or give me a call at 701-640-4792.