Fungi have been very active this season in some soybean fields. Right now at the University of Illinois Plant Clinic we are seeing samples that are the result of a very wet season. All that rain couldn’t have made fungi more active! High on our recent disease diagnosis list has been Pod and Stem Blight caused by the Diaporthe/Phomopsis complex. Did you know that you can look for infection by this disease well before harvest? Late July and early August are ideal for looking for the fruiting structure of Pod and Stem blight on the petioles of fallen soybean leaves. [...]
The University of Illinois Plant Clinic is excited to be providing a new service to Illinois soybean growers. The Clinic is now offering molecular screening of waterhemp populations for resistance to glyphosate and PPO inhibitor herbicides this growing season. These protocols, developed by University of Illinois Weed Scientist Dr. Pat Tranel through support from the Illinois Soybean Association and DuPont Pioneer, are now being offered through the Plant Clinic. The project has demonstrated the full gamut of planning, from problem definition to supported research to development of a commercial service. Knowing if you face a resistance issue in your [...]
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.