Agronomy: Top 5 Blog Posts of 2014

From Sudden Death Syndrome to 100-bushel yields, has been the go-to resource for more than 2,000 farmers and agronomists each month since launching in March.  

Here is a look back on the Top 5 blog posts of 2014.

1. Count your pods to increase yields

Want to increase bean yields? Track and add to your pod count. Soybean is slowly gaining yield at about one-third of a bushel per year. At that rate of genetic gain, the average U.S. soybean yield will hit 100 bushels per acre in 2180—yes you read right, 150 years from now. However, soybeans have the uncanny ability to produce a lot of pods per plant—literally hundreds of them, although most never make it past flower or early pod stage . . .    

2. Tall Beans? How to Tell, and What to Do

Soybeans in 2014 may be too rank (tall and excessive growth) and this increases risk of lodging and disease. How do you manage soybeans that illustrate “too-tall” behavior? Some Brazilian producers and yield contest winners visited the Illinois Soybean Association offices early this August. They commented that fields of soybeans in Illinois were too tall, could lodge and producers could see as much as 20% yield loss. Their advice was to knock the soybeans back early to prevent them from getting so tall . . .

3. How to Prevent Soybeans from Shattering During Harvest

Don't forget to pay attention to potential shattering as you get ready to harvest. Harvestability of soybeans means the combination of when the vegetative material can flow through the rotor and keeping as many pods and collecting as many bean seeds as possible . . .

4. LaSalle County Soybean Farmer Answers 100 Bushel Challenge

For Dan Arkels, Peru, Ill., it’s turned out to be more than a great year, as he recently harvested a record-breaking 103.95 bushels of soybeans per acre on his 30-acre LaSalle county test plot.  Arkels’ yield was verified by an independent agronomist as part of the Illinois Soybean Association’s (ISA’s) 100 Bushel Challenge program. . .

5. Soybeans – When Does Flowering Begin?

Soybeans are day-length sensitive and begin to flower as the nights become longer—after summer solstice. However, early-planted soybeans or soybeans ahead in development will shoot flowers before summer solstice. And while summer solstice sets off flowering, it starts rather slowly and builds over the next six to eight weeks, typically ending sometime during the second week of August . . .

Thank you for making us one of your trusted soybean advisors in 2014. See you in the new year.

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The Illinois Soybean Association (ISA) is a statewide organization that strives to enable Illinois soybean producers to be the most knowledgeable and profitable soybean producers around the world. ISA represents more than 43,000 soybean farmers in Illinois through two primary roles; the state soybean checkoff and legislative and regulatory advocacy efforts.



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