Incorporating more cover crops is a key tool to meet Illinois’ nutrient loss reduction goals. While the impact of cereal rye on corn production has been well studied, there is minimal research around managing soybeans after a cereal rye cover crop. In particular, little is known about how cereal rye affects soil N and S availability for soybean uptake after cereal rye termination. In addition, there are questions about soybean yield response to supplemental N and S fertilization.
Researchers will gain a better understanding of the situations that could impede soybean development and yield following cereal rye and develop adaptive management to mitigate N and S deficiencies. Thus, farmers will have access to management strategies to maintain or improve soybean yield and quality when coupled with cereal rye.
The Illinois Soybean Association (ISA) checkoff and membership programs represent more than 43,000 soybean farmers in Illinois. The checkoff funds market development, soybean production and government relations efforts, while the membership program, Illinois Soybean Growers (ISG) and the Illinois Soybean Growers PAC actively advocates for positive and impactful legislation for farmers at local, state and national levels. ISA upholds the interests of Illinois soybean farmers through promotion, advocacy, research and education with the vision of becoming a trusted partner of Illinois soybean farmers to ensure their profitability now and for future generations.