This time of the year many soybean producers tend to be on cruise control, however we don’t want to coast to the finish line just yet. We still have several potential pests we need to manage to prevent them from robbing yield. Many folks overlook stink bugs as a potential pest that can cause serious damage in soybean fields even though they may be one of the most important pests to manage when it comes to pod feeders. Scouting for stink bugs should be a part of any good IPM strategy for soybeans, especially in the southern half of [...]
By Wade Meteer|2022-03-31T16:30:52-05:00September 5, 2015|
Thinking of using a fungicide on soybeans this season? When will you apply it and is it likely to work this year? I have had several local producers ask if they should “waste their money on soybean fungicide this year?” My reply is that first off you’re not wasting your money, you are investing in your crop, and with foliar fungicides you are protecting your yield potential. With foliar fungicides it’s all about reducing the stress the soybean plant has at key times during its development. When is the best time to apply foliar fungicides? The sweet spot for [...]
Hello, my name is Wade Meteer and I am your soybean Envoy from Crop District 4. I like crops that are self-sufficient. Maybe that’s why I like soybeans so much – they are self-reliant and adaptable just like we have to be if we are going to survive in farming. I was born and raised on a grain farm near Athens, Illinois, about 20 miles north of Springfield. As far back as I can remember I have had a passion for farming, and growing up on the farm, I always knew I would pursue a career in agriculture. I received both [...]
By Wade Meteer|2022-04-18T08:29:50-05:00April 24, 2015|
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.