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Plant & Soil Health: Back to the Basics: Details Matter for Productive Soils

When it comes to soil health, you might have to dig a little deeper, look at things from a different angle or make sure everything balances out to improve your dirt's fertility. Certain things are known about Illinois soils, most importantly that they vary across the state. The key is to figure out what works best in your situation.  And although soils vary, there are a few principles that most farmers can apply.  All start with a soil test and end with patience. "Illinois soybean farmers have a variety of options that can help improve their soil," says Roger [...]

By |March 31, 2015|

Agronomy: Illinois Farmers Well-Positioned for Non-GMO Market

Illinois is well-positioned to take advantage of global demand for non-GMO soybeans, says Mark Albertson director of strategic market development. Since 2010, between eight and 11 percent of soybean acres in Illinois have been planted with non-GMO soybeans, according to the USDA. Albertson says three primary factors help Illinois lead the nation in non-GMO soybean production: First, Illinois has access to containers, which are used to ship IP soybeans to international customers. "Chicago container prices are the major advantage for Illinois when it comes to transportation costs," confirms Albertson. Second, Illinois soybean farmers have access to soybean processors who [...]

By |February 17, 2015|

Agronomy: Non-GMO Beans: Tips for Raising IP Beans

For El Paso, Ill., soybean farmer Rob Shaffer, who grows about 450 acres of soybeans with his brother, the switch from growing specialty soybeans to 100 percent non-GMO wasn't that challenging. "Everyone is looking for a niche, and for us this works," he says. More time and management are required to grow a non-GMO crop, acknowledges Shaffer. Relationships and conversations also matter, which is why the ISA director talks to each of his neighbors to let them know he is growing a non-GMO crop. He also places a non-GMO soybean sign at the corners of his fields, which is especially helpful [...]

By |February 11, 2015|
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