Lower commodity prices have growers monitoring their inputs more closely than in previous years. Soybean weed control is one of the areas that farmers have invested more money into due to increased weed pressure and herbicide resistance. With this increased investment, a question that arises is, “Do I need to control volunteer corn in my soybean fields?” Volunteer corn enters a field through kernel loss during harvest. This kernel loss can be from corn head shattering, lodging or ear drop. Populations can be significant in fields that have had storm damage, excess plant stress, insect feeding, disease pressure or [...]
Hello, my name is Jack Hardwick and I am your Soybean Agronomist from Crop District 6. I was born and raised in Beardstown, Ill., on a grain farm located in the Illinois River Valley. I graduated from Beardstown High School in 2000 and received a B.S. degree in Plant and Soil Science from Southern Illinois University, Carbondale in 2004. I spent the first three years out of college working as a Crop Specialist for Sunrise Ag FS based in Mason County, Illinois, where I was exposed to a variety of grain crops as well as vegetable production. I then [...]
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.