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Conservation Practices

Assessing Insect Pest Effects on Yield and ROI of Pest Control Inputs

Pest Management Assessing Insect Pest Effects on Yield and ROI of Pest Control Inputs This multi-year project aims to identify the insect pests affecting Illinois soybean crops, their impact on soybean yield and the return on investment of control mechanisms. It will help determine threshold levels for insect pests responsible for reducing grain quality and yield, as well as develop integrated pest management recommendations. View overview pdf Project Information Which insect pests cause economic yield loss in soybean fields? What are the economic threshold levels to make [...]

By |December 13, 2023|

Understanding the Importance of Cover Crop Planting Date in Illinois Row Crop Production

Conservation Practices Understanding the Importance of Cover Crop Planting Date in Illinois Row Crop Production To encourage farmers to include more cover crops within their cropping systems, this project is comparing 1) different cereal rye seeding dates and rates before soybean, and 2) different planting dates of two clover species after soybean harvest and ahead of corn. Farmers will gain better insights into cover crop planting and seeding rate recommendations and best management practices. View overview pdf Project Information What is the ideal planting [...]

By |December 13, 2023|

Integrated Management Strategies for Maximizing Soybean Production in Conservation Tillage Systems

Conservation Practices Integrated Management Strategies for Maximizing Soybean Production in Conservation Tillage Systems To help more farmers feel confident implementing conservation tillage systems, this project intends to gain insights into the interactions across soil types, starter fertilizer, tillage systems and row spacings and how they affect soybean growth, nutrient uptake, and seed yield and quality. The results of this multi-year project will enable more farmers to optimize soybean production under conservation tillage systems while preserving water and soil resources. View overview pdf Project Information [...]

By |December 13, 2023|

Benchmarking and Integrating Soil Health, Water Quality and Climate-Smart Footprints of Illinois Soybeans

Conservation Practices Benchmarking and Integrating Soil Health, Water Quality and Climate-Smart Footprints of Illinois Soybeans This multi-year project will identify soil health, water quality and climate footprint best practices and metrics across regions and cropping systems (soy and double-cropped wheat, soy rotated with corn). Findings will inform practice-based recommendations that protect soil health and water quality, as well as provide insights farmers can use as they navigate carbon markets. View overview pdf Project Information What are tangible metrics across the various soybean-growing environments in Illinois [...]

By |December 13, 2023|

Adaptive Management for Maximizing Soybean Production Following Cereal Rye Termination

Conservation Practices Adaptive Management for Maximizing Soybean Production Following Cereal Rye Termination Trials in this multi-year project will help researchers better understand 1) how cereal rye influences nitrogen (N) and sulfur (S) availability and soybean uptake, and 2) evaluate soybean yield response to N and S fertilization, alone and in combination, after a cereal rye cover crop. View overview pdf Project Information How does cereal rye influence soil N and S availability and uptake by soybean after termination? Does supplemental N and S impact [...]

By |December 13, 2023|
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