Planting Strategies

Cover Crop Chronicles: Management Strategies Before Corn

John Pike, an operator of Pike Ag, LLC, located in Marion, Illinois, is a consultant and researcher specializing in nutrient management, cover crops, and water quality. In this video, Pike showcases his farm located south of Marion, where he has implemented a nine-year intensive cover crop program.

By |June 21, 2023|

Soybean Plant Stands: Is Replanting Necessary?

Early in the growing season, many factors often reduce soybean plant stands - freezing temperatures, hail, slugs, disease, etc. A soybean field with poor seedling vigor, slow plant growth, and low plant stand often triggers an “I need to fix this” impulse; however, these fields don’t always need to be replanted.

By |May 11, 2023|

How Frost Affected Soybeans Throughout Illinois

Stephanie Porter, Illinois Soybean Association Outreach Agronomist, gives an update from two soybean fields in Illinois that were affected by frost and cold temperatures in April. She provides observations made and how planting dates and seed depth mattered in these situations.

By |May 9, 2023|

Agronomy Field Notes

Illinois Soybean Association Director of Agronomy, Abigail Peterson, shares photos and information from the field. Read more about field conditions, planting, and cover crop checks across the state of Illinois!

By |April 28, 2023|

Why Seed Treatment on Soybeans?

Planters are hitting the ground around Illinois. ISA Outreach Agronomist, Stephanie Porter, shares her perspective on soybean seed treatment and how it affects disease, insect pressure, planting population, and more.

By |April 10, 2023|

Early Soybean Planting in April: The Why and How

Before planting in April, Illinois Soybean Association Outreach Agronomist, Stephanie Porter, recommends each farmer identify the risks of planting soybeans early and then plan accordingly. Decisions need to be made on seeding depth, seed treatment, and populations, but also communication is needed on seed arrival, field, and planter preparation, and crop insurance.

By |April 6, 2023|
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