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January 2018

Going Back to Soybean School

This past month the Illinois Soybean Association hosted its annual Soybean Summit in Springfield, Illinois with an amazing turnout. During such events, it can become overwhelming to take in and understand all the information that was presented. I tend to find myself reviewing complicated information for several months after learning about it, and ultimately trying to determine how to implement needed changes before I forget about it all together. Over this past year I have coined the term, “Become a Student of Your Field,” meaning listen and watch what kind of story or message a particular field is telling [...]

By |January 27, 2018|

Waterhemp By the Numbers

How do you manage a weed that is such a prolific seed producer? I’ve received quite a few phone calls regarding this question lately. In fact, the question of seed production and the weed seed bank raised enough interest that I created a table to examine how to manage the amount of seed a waterhemp produces. The table is included below, and you are welcome to download the spreadsheet and test out the numbers yourself. The numbers discussed below are all derived from the “Waterhemp By the Numbers” table. The scenario: Let’s say we have a 40-acre soybean field [...]

By |January 26, 2018|

The Key to Successful Weed Management: Multiple Effective Modes of Action

Caption: Pigweed-infested soybean field In the fight against resistant corn and soybean weeds, one of the best ways to combat herbicide resistance and maximize yield potential is to diversify your weed management program. Herbicide rotation alone is not enough to protect your yield potential against resistance. Weeds are constantly adapting and developing resistance to the most commonly used herbicides. Some of the most troublesome resistant weeds that have affected corn and soybeans in recent seasons are: Waterhemp: resistant to ALS inhibitors (Group 2), glyphosate (Group 9), PPO inhibitors (Group 14), HPPD inhibitors (Group 27) and photosystem II inhibitors (Group [...]

By |January 24, 2018|

New Herbicide Traits and Similar Bean Yields

This year growers can plant Roundup Ready® Beans, Xtend® beans with the Roundup Ready and dicamba traits, and LibertyLink® soybeans. Mixing and matching these traits across your farm will be important when developing a sustainable strategy for controlling herbicide resistant and tolerant weeds like marestail, waterhemp, Palmer amaranth and ragweed species. But how do varieties with these new traits yield? ILSoyAdvisor received the following question “Is there a significant yield decline from Roundup to Liberty or are they pretty comparable?” This is a good question to ask. Some of us remember back when the first Roundup Ready varieties were [...]

By |January 24, 2018|

Funding Flows Into Local Watershed Efforts

ISA-supported field day highlights best soil and water quality practices and partnerships Thanks to the Illinois Nutrient Loss Reduction Strategy (NLRS) released in 2015, more federal and private-industry grant dollars are flowing into local watershed efforts. The goal is to help farmers consider the benefits of adopting new voluntary Best Management Practices (BMPs). A prime example is the Upper Macoupin Creek Watershed new Carlinville, Ill. American Farmland Trust (AFT) recently secured a USDA/NRCS Regional Conservation Partnership Program (RCPP) grant that dedicates $1 million per year during the next five years to increase local conservation efforts. These dollars include both [...]

By |January 22, 2018|

Monitoring Compositional Quality

If you grow soybeans you are selling pounds of oil and pounds of protein, not bushels. End users buy either oil, protein or the leftover hulls. A 60-pound bushel of soybeans contains about 11 pounds of oil, 44 pounds of meal, 3.5 pounds of hulls and 1.5 pounds of moisture. While growers sell soybeans to elevators, these soybeans are ultimately bought by processors (crush plants) who sell oil, meal and hulls to buyers. Processors make their money on the pounds of oil in a bushel and percent of crude protein in the meal; the more of each, the better [...]

By |January 19, 2018|

Have you checked your grain bins lately?

Managing soybeans doesn’t end with combining. If you have stored them on-farm, you need to continue to manage them. As the winter weather continues to bring colder-than-usual temperatures, growers should take the time to monitor the quality of soybeans stored on-farm. With below-freezing temperatures for an extended period, followed by warmer temperatures; storage facilities may experience condensation which can lead to grain storage issues. Fall 2017 harvest conditions led to extremely dry soybeans at harvest, and grain moisture in the single digits. It is recommended that soybeans be stored at 13 percent or lower moisture and in 2017, most [...]

By |January 19, 2018|

WEBINAR: Habits of Financially Resilient Farms

Gary Schnitkey, Ph.D., explains the seven habits of financially resilient farmers. He will also discuss the importance of monitoring cash flow and assessing risk management. Key takeaways: Topics Evaluate farms by high and low profitability Survey high-profit farms Seven habits of financially resilient farmers Seven Habits Innovative but not on the bleeding edge of technology Always evaluating new technologies Return on investment is an important evaluation criteria Cost control is paramount Production is maintained at high levels The right expertise is brought to the farms Non-timing price opportunities are sought Performance Groups Central and Northern IL Counties Champaign, Ford, [...]

By |January 18, 2018|

Adapt and Excel in Changing R&D Environment

What’s new? Does it pencil out? As farmers plan for next season, most compare new seed varieties, trait packages and crop protection options to their current programs. “When we look at new products, we want to see data and cost,” says Jenny Mennenga, who farms near LeRoy, Ill. “We need to understand where data come from, if advantages are significant, and if we will get back product costs in either yield or value. A yield change of just one or two bushels doesn’t even show up on yield maps.” Farmers traditionally have had a variety of third-party data, including [...]

By |January 17, 2018|

GOOD NEWS AND BAD NEWS: Nitrate loads in the Illinois River are down, but not enough to achieve state goals

In case you missed the headlines in the national papers, the Gulf of Mexico Hypoxic Zone was the largest in recorded history this summer. Yes, that’s the bad news. The good news is, despite high flows and large nitrate-nitrogen (nitrate-N) loads in the Illinois River in April and May, the 2017 yearly nitrate-N loading in the river was about 5% lower than the 1980-96 baseline average load. The 1980-96 baseline is important because it serves as the reference point for IL-EPA’s requested reductions of 45% for nitrate nitrogen and total phosphorus loading to the Gulf of Mexico by 2035. [...]

By |January 10, 2018|
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