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July 2018

Soy Power: The Protein of Choice

Look in the shopping cart or at the restaurant plate of today’s consumers. You’re likely to find more plant-based, protein-rich foods that promote health and make eating an experience. When consumers learn those foods fit their definition of sustainable production, even better. While this is a shift from the meat-and-potatoes generation, soy is still part of the food equation. In fact, today’s food trends may open new doors for soybeans, if farmers play their cards right. “Clean eating with all natural, recognizable ingredients and accountability of farmers is becoming more important. Soy is a star among the many available [...]

By |July 30, 2018|

Cover Crops and Soybean Cyst Nematodes (SCN)

Soybean cyst nematodes (SCN) are one of the most detrimental pathogens of soybeans—they are considered the No. 1 yield-robbing pest for United State soybean farmers. Nematodes in general account for billions of dollars in crop loss worldwide each year. According to the United Soybean Board, SCN affects farmers in more than 30 states and causes an estimated loss of $1.5 billion worth of soybean production annually. A lot of this loss goes unnoticed as SCN often shows no visible symptoms on the plant. If the plant is under stress it may show signs of yellowing, but the damage and [...]

By |July 28, 2018|

PODCAST: Soybean Flowering and Pod Development

Todd Steinacher, CCA Soy Envoy and west-central Illinois regional agronomist with AgriGold, discusses early soybean development, flowering and pod formation, how to detect pod abortion and predict potential yield for harvest. Listen to the podcast here:

By |July 26, 2018|

Mark Your Calendars: Double-Cropping Field Days

To learn about new opportunities to double-crop soybeans and the latest best management practices available, plan to attend one of four 2-hour events. The short field tour will end with a meal. August 15, Marion, 10:30 a.m. August 15, Effingham 4:30 p.m. August 16, Wyoming 10:30 a.m. August 16, Walnut 4:30 p.m. CLICK HERE to register and learn more about the upcoming field days. Double-cropping soybeans after wheat or other crops is a popular rotation that is more profitable than a single-crop system. It is practiced from Texas to the Atlantic Coast and as far north as Michigan and [...]

By |July 26, 2018|

Reaching for 100

The Illinois Soybean Association has been sponsoring the Yield Challenge since 2010. The contest allows growers to compete for the highest soybean yield and greatest yield gain. And many of the entrants are “going for 100” in an attempt to break the 100-bushel ceiling. Every summer we showcase some of the practices that a few growers are using to reach 100 bushels or record a personal best. It is always exciting to learn what these growers are doing, whom they are getting advice from and their passion for growing high-yield soybeans. There is a lot to learn from their [...]

By |July 26, 2018|

Data-Driven Farming can Help Transform the Agriculture Supply Chain

Originally published in the Illinois Field & Bean magazine How can we meet the world’s food needs while respecting the environment? With the population set to grow to more than nine billion by 2050, answering the question is becoming more urgent. Arable land is decreasing by 100,000 hectares per year, and global agricultural production needs to double in the next 30 years to cope with demand. Add to this the impact of climate change and mass urbanization and it is clear the agricultural sector faces a monumental challenge. Technology and data can open new opportunities and help solve problems [...]

By |July 15, 2018|

Soypocalypse 2018: An Envoy Discussion

In July, we have an opportunity to review the first half of the soybean growing season. Soybeans have moved into the reproductive stages and we can go back and look at the earlier stages, trying to gauge the potential of the crop and what may have taken us to this point. The Soy Envoy team held a conference call recently to discuss what was happening around the state in soybeans. The topic quickly came around to the influx of seedling diseases that occurred during the first part of June. I wasn’t able to come up with any exact figures, [...]

By |July 12, 2018|

Help! What happened to my stand of soybeans?

Learn to diagnose field problems when they happen. Any agronomist would tell a farmer to scout each field multiple times a year. That is the only way you can identify a problem and its cause. Waiting till harvest is too late. Crop consultants and farmers work together to determine field issues and often face difficult steps trying to understand what happened and when it happened. It is easier to diagnose any field problem closer to the time it develops than days, weeks or months afterward. Whether it’s an insect, disease, weather, herbicide or manmade issue the closer to the [...]

By |July 11, 2018|
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