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2019 Double-Crop Soybeans Are “East Bound and Down”

In the Jerry Reed song “East Bound and Down” from the movie "Smokey and the Bandit" part of the chorus is “we have a long way to go and a short time to get there.” Well, that could be the theme for double-crop soybeans in 2019. I guess this whole cropping year so far could be a country song. It sure has had its challenges and they are far from over. The 2019 wheat harvest wasn’t an early or late crop, coming in about the middle of the harvest time frame for most farmers. However, persistent rainfall and wet [...]

By |August 8, 2019|

Doubling Down on Double-Crop

Soil Health Action Plan: Crop rotation is an important piece of David Droste’s nutrient management plan Wheat, cover crops and no-till practices help preserve nutrients and soil Data helps make smarter management decisions Sometimes called “Little Egypt,” Washington County is the number one Illinois county for producing wheat—also a crucial crop in the country of Egypt. It’s only fitting that Washington County is home to David Droste and his family, since wheat plays an important role in Droste’s sustainable cropping strategies. Double-crop or Cover Crop Droste plants one-third of his acres to wheat and will follow with double-crop soybeans [...]

By |July 5, 2019|

Double-Crop Conference

The Double-Crop Conference, hosted by the Illinois Wheat Association and the Illinois Soybean Association, was held on January 31st, 2019, in Mount Vernon, Illinois, and had close to one hundred producers and crop advisers in attendance. The seven speakers provided information on wheat and soybean marketing and production, with the goal of increasing profitability for both crops during the 2019 growing season. Dr. Todd Hubbs, Agricultural Economist at the University of Illinois, kicked off the meeting by providing producers with information about the market outlook for oilseeds. Dr. Gary Schnitkey, another Agricultural Economist at the University of Illinois, shared [...]

By |February 8, 2019|

Double-Crop Conference

Double-cropping soybeans after wheat or other crops is a popular rotation that is more profitable than a single crop like corn. This rotation is practiced from Texas to the East Coast and as far north as Michigan and Ontario. In Illinois it’s primarily practiced in the southern third of the state. There are opportunities to improve the profitability and quality of wheat and yield and profitability of soybeans in the rotation by adopting the latest best management practices. In addition, research is showing that this rotation can move farther north in the state by adoption of the early wheat [...]

By |January 11, 2019|

Maturity Group Considerations for Double-Crop Soybeans

Double-cropping soybeans after wheat lets a grower harvest three crops in two years. Recently, there has been a lot of interest in planting ultra-early wheats and harvesting at high moisture. This practice can enable growers to plant soybeans 5 to 10 days sooner and gain an addition bushel per acre per day in soybean yield. However, what is the right soybean maturity group (MG) to plant when double-cropped after wheat, barley or another crop? The general practice and rule of thumb has been to plant the same MG for double-crop soybeans as for full season soybeans. But is that [...]

By |November 13, 2018|

Planting Wheat in Your Double-Crop Rotation

In an issue of the Cool Bean Advisor newsletter, University of Wisconsin wheat and soybean specialist Shawn Conley shared his top winter wheat establishment recommendations. They include: Variety selection matters. Plant new seed (DO NOT plant saved seed). A fungicide seed treatment is recommended for winter wheat, especially for seed damaged by Fusarium head blight (FHB). Wheat should be planted 1 to 1.5 inches deep. The target seeding rate for wheat planted from September 15th to October 1st is 1,300,000 to 1,750,000 seeds per acre. The optimal seeding rate for wheat planted after October 1st should be incrementally increased [...]

By |September 3, 2018|

Mark Your Calendars: Double-Cropping Field Days

To learn about new opportunities to double-crop soybeans and the latest best management practices available, plan to attend one of four 2-hour events. The short field tour will end with a meal. August 15, Marion, 10:30 a.m. August 15, Effingham 4:30 p.m. August 16, Wyoming 10:30 a.m. August 16, Walnut 4:30 p.m. CLICK HERE to register and learn more about the upcoming field days. Double-cropping soybeans after wheat or other crops is a popular rotation that is more profitable than a single-crop system. It is practiced from Texas to the Atlantic Coast and as far north as Michigan and [...]

By |July 26, 2018|

Double-crop soybeans in the ground: What do I need to do now?

If you took  Kelly Robertson’s advice from last month’s blog, you’re on your way to a successful double-crop season. The main drawback is having to deal with Mother Nature. Over the past couple of weeks, we’ve had excessive rainfall in many areas which slowed wheat harvest and planting of double-crops. Then the heat rolled in, knocking the test weight out of the wheat and producing a bunch of small grains that passed right through the combine. Then on June 28th we had a large storm push through from the north that brought heavy rains and high wind, which flattened [...]

By |July 9, 2018|

Set Yourself up for Success in Double-Crop Soybeans.

Double-cropping soybeans can be a success with the right plan in mind. There are several things growers need to do to set themselves up for success when planting double-crop soybeans after wheat. First, ensure you get a good, even distribution of harvested materials as you cut wheat. Make sure to have a properly adjusted combine to manage the residue not only in the machine, but that it can evenly distribute that residue behind the machine. Good, even distribution of residue will help to ensure good seed to soil contact and good even emergence of soybeans Next, do a good [...]

By |June 8, 2018|

Adopt an Early Wheat System for Double-Crop Soybeans

If you double-crop soybeans after wheat, and want to your soybean crop to yield respectably, you must manage the previous wheat crop and the following soybean crop. Over a decade ago I interviewed some growers in southern Illinois who double-cropped soybeans mostly after wheat. One of the things I determined was that the growers focused primarily on growing wheat and maximizing its yield and soybeans were left to fend for themselves. The approach to double-crop soybeans is changing, though, as agronomists and growers realize that these soybeans can yield well with a focus on management, much like for full [...]

By |May 14, 2018|
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