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 and utilization efforts while the membership program supports the government relations interests of Illinois soybean farmers at the local, state, and national level, through the Illinois Soybean Growers (ISG). ISA upholds the interests of Illinois soybean producers through promotion, advocacy, and education with the vision of becoming a market leader in sustainable soybean production and profitability.