Laura Barrera

Ninth Annual No-Till Operational Benchmark Study

No-tillers hit new yield records across the board No-tilled soybean yields climbed to new highs in 2016, while most U.S. regions saw better yields than in 2015. This study is cited with permission of No-Till Farmer. See the full corn and soybean study here. Last season no-tillers had some of the best crop performances in the history of No-Till Farmer magazine’s annual No-Till Operational Benchmark Study, hitting record soybean yield averages overall and beating 2015 yields in most regions. Readers who participated in55 the ninth annual survey reported that no-tilled soybeans averaged 58 bushels per acre last year, 5 [...]

By |April 11, 2017|

Know Your Soils, Improve Their Quality to Help Soybean Fertility

This article originally appeared in the December 2016 issue of No-Till Farmer magazine. Corn is usually the main focus of a grower’s fertility program, but no-tillers should pay just as much attention to their soybeans by knowing their soil quality and understanding nutrient availability. Do you really need to fertilize your no-till soybeans? Can’t you just let them scavenge for what’s left in the soil after corn? Andrew Hoiberg has been asked those questions and his answer is — no. “You shouldn’t just let your soybeans scavenge out there. You should be proactive in your fertility management and make [...]

By |January 20, 2017|

Disease Management: Soybean Cyst Nematode Threat Calls for New Management Options

Published in the June 2015 edition of No-Till Farmer… No-tillers may already have this parasitic soybean pest, but rotating crops, using resistant varieties and adding seed treatments can help them win the battle. There are two kinds of soybean farmers in the Midwest, Greg Tylka says: Those who are concerned about soybean cyst nematodes (SCN), and those who should be. The Iowa State University plant pathologist showed attendees at the Iowa Soybean Assn. Research Conference just how much SCN has spread in the Midwest over the last several decades. As of 2014, 30 states from the East Coast up into the [...]

By |May 31, 2016|
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