SC Field Agronomist Outlines 2014 Trials

In spite of planting dates being all over the board this year due to rain, Kevin Phillips, field agronomist with DuPont Pioneer in South Carolina and Georgia says soybean yields in the Palmetto state turned out surprisingly well:

“Soybeans have been one of the bright spots and there have been some good yields in high 60s and 70s.”

Looking ahead to 2014, Phillips outlines some of the test plots Pioneer will be working on in the coming growing season:

“We are looking forward to cooperating again with Clemson. We are doing a plant population trial targeted around drought. We also will look at some disease and insect control chemistries. We will be looking into seeing if later nitrogen application can increase corn yields. In east Georgia we have some soybean planting dates testing and hope to have some information in 2014.”

And there will be a new triple-stack product available this coming season in limited supply says Phillips:

“We are launching our new corn hybrid, a triple stacked pyramid. We are looking forward to the bags of those products to hit shelves early in the year.”


A native of the Texas Panhandle, Rhonda was born and raised on a cotton farm where she saw cotton farming evolve from ditch irrigation to center pivot irrigation and harvest trailers to modules. After graduating from Texas Tech University, she got her start in radio with KGNC News Talk 710 in Amarillo, Texas.

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