What is Happening with Xtend® Soybeans

Xtend® soybeans recently crossed their final major hurdle with approval of a Dicamba herbicide labeled for them. This herbicide will go by the name of XtendiMax and is manufactured by Monsanto. BASF is also working on Dicamba herbicide for use … Continued

White Mold Fungicide

Over the years we have tested a lot of chemicals that claim to do a lot of wonderful things. Sadly we have been disappointed many times with these ‘wonder’ treatments and sprays. This year we tried Endura, a fungicide for … Continued

This Is Not Your Father’s Dicamba

As we wait for federal government approval of an over-the-top Dicamba for Xtend™ soybeans, it is important to remember that the spray, when released, is not generic old time chemistry. Both Monsanto and BASF are working on Dicamba that will … Continued

Sudden Death Syndrome

Sudden Death Syndrome, or SDS as it is commonly called, is rearing its ugly head this year.  SDS is caused by Fusarium Solani, a fungus found in the soil. Normally it tends to be seen in the more southern areas … Continued

Wall of Fame

The 2015 Wisconsin Farm Technology Days was held this past August at the Statz Farm, just 6 miles from the Renk Seed facility. During the 3-day event, Renk welcomed over 500 growers to our farm for a pancake breakfast and … Continued

White Mold Refresher

In 2014, the thumb of Michigan was devastated by White Mold and this year it was a problem in Wisconsin, Iowa, and Minnesota. While White Mold tends to be a sporadic problem when it rears its head, it tends to … Continued

Xtend™ Soybeans

This year Renk Seed is hoping to offer Xtend soybeans for sale. Xtend are the first stacked soybeans with resistance to roundup and Dicamba®. In addition to offering another mode of action to control weeds, Dicamba also provides residual control … Continued

Votivo on Soybeans

This was the first year we tested Votivo, a seed treatment designed to protect against Cyst Nematodes, on soybeans. We tested Votivo on RS223RR and RS210NR2. One has genetic Cyst resistance and one does not. We tested them by planting a treated … Continued

Sudden Death Syndrome

While 2011 was relatively quiet for Sudden Death Syndrome, it was not that way in 2010 hitting large areas of Iowa and parts of Illinois. This put it back on the radar as far as things to watch for. What is … Continued

Placement of Roundup Ready 2 Yield™ Varieties

Now that soybean harvest has wrapped up, we can assess what the Roundup Ready 2 YieldTM beans did variety by variety. Overall, the results have been very positive. Here is my take on the following beans. RS021R2 had strong performance … Continued