Soybean Planting Tips to Start the Season Right

This article was originally posted by Syngenta's Know More, Grow More agronomy blog Plant early: Typically, most soybeans are planted between late April and early May. In a Purdue University study, soybeans that were planted in early May consistently produced higher yields than those planted later, across all regions in Indiana. However, before planting, growers should make sure to check the recommended planting conditions for their area. Plant in ideal soil conditions: Although planting early is typically the most beneficial, waiting for optimal soil temperature and conditions takes priority to timing. Planting when soils are too wet or too cold can reduce emergence [...]

By |May 29, 2017|

Be Ready for Early-Season Soybean Insects and Diseases

Article originally posted by Syngenta's Know More, Grow More agronomy blog Early-season insects: Bean leaf beetle: This pest tends to emerge early, often at the beginning of May. According to Kansas State University, the bean leaf beetle is one of the most economically harmful soybean insects in the nation. Most of the damage is caused by foliage- and pod-feeding adults, which can significantly reduce seed quality and yield Wireworm: This is another pest that tends to emerge early in the season. According to Purdue University, wireworms have the ability to completely hollow out a soybean seed. They can also cut off small roots [...]

By |May 25, 2017|

Sudden Death Syndrome Could Strike Early-Planted Soybeans

Article originally posted on Syngenta's Know More, Grow More agronomy blog.  (SDS) is one of the most destructive soybean diseases, affecting the majority of soybean-growing areas. SDS is often found in fields also infested with soybean cyst nematode (SCN), because SCN feeding causes root damage and creates gateways for this pathogen to infect the plant. SDS is caused by the soil-dwelling fungus Fusarium virguliforme and flourishes in cool, moist conditions, putting early-planted soybeans at risk. Although early-planted soybean fields typically produce higher yields, the University of Nebraska advises growers to avoid early planting in fields with a history of severe SDS. Another way to reduce the [...]

By |May 18, 2017|

Agronomy: Soybean Cyst Nematode: A Big Problem That’s Getting Bigger

Soybean cyst nematode (SCN) is a devastating and yield-limiting pest of the soybean worldwide. Syngenta, as a pioneer in controlling this pathogen, offers their second SCN Education Series to help educate growers and retailers on the best practices for reducing damage and increasing soybean yields. Clariva Complete Beans seed treatment from Syngenta includes a revolutionary ingredient with a unique, direct mode of action that is lethal to soybean cyst nematodes, delivering immediate and long-lasting protection of plant root systems resulting in significant yield benefits. If you’ve done any reading on soybean cyst nematode (SCN), chances are very good that [...]

By |October 7, 2015|

Agronomy: Variety selection: What’s Best for Your Fields?

One of the single most important decisions you can make as a soybean grower is selecting the best variety for your field. Historically, growers have spent less time researching and carefully selecting a soybean variety than a corn hybrid, which can cost yield. According to Iowa State University, one soybean variety can out-yield another in the same field by 15 to 20 bu/A. To select the best soybean seed for your farm, consider the following: Disease tolerance – A variety’s tolerance to yield damaging diseases is a key consideration. Researchers with the University of Minnesota suggest you look at the history and environmental [...]

By |April 2, 2015|

Disease: Managing Soybean White Mold Beyond Variety Selection

Following the 2014 growing season, many soybean growers found themselves asking how to better manage white mold. One thing that needs to be addressed up front is that relying solely on soybean variety selection is not a good idea and can lead to disappointment in some cases. It is an option, but there are additional general management practices that can help ensure success in managing the disease: Canopy management – If you have history of white mold in a field that is being planted with soybeans this year, consider using rows wider than 15 inches. Also, try to select a [...]

By |April 1, 2015|

Disease Management: Can Your Soybeans Take the Heat?

Now is the time of year to play Monday morning quarterback in discussing what decisions you made going into planting season. While doing this for a pro-football game will do little to no good, evaluating the decisions you made for your crop can put money in your pocket in the future. One of the biggest things you can easily evaluate is iron deficiency chlorosis (IDC) of soybeans. In a nutshell, this abnormality is caused by a lack of sufficient amounts of iron available to the plant. You often hear about the fields or spots in fields where this typically [...]

By |July 22, 2014|
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