All Posts from 2014

From Sudden Death Syndrome to 100-bushel yields, ILSoyAdvisor.com 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...

A successful 2015 crop starts now as you finalize seed selections. Choosing the right varieties impacts your farm perhaps more than any other decision, which makes this task a critical one.

The data-driven world we live in both helps and hinders this selection process. Growers have plenty of data to determine which the highest-yielding product is in any given year. However, looking only at one data point, such as yield rank, might not...


When I teach a unit on pesticide resistance to the Integrated Pest Management class at Western Illinois University, I run through a series of comparisons with the students and I ask the question, “Which would you prefer?”

1)      A weed management program with residual herbicides (and potential carryover) vs. no herbicide residues in the soil?

2)      A weed management program with herbicides that consistently cause crop...

Producing 87-bushel soybeans despite a dry 2013 August comes naturally for three University of Wisconsin-Madison agronomy graduate students. “High yields are our job,” say Adam Gaspar, David Marburger and Ethan Smidt in Arlington, Wis. This year they reached 90 bushels.

They support state Soybean Extension Specialist Shawn Conley, University of Wisconsin-Madison, as graduate...

Will soybean hypocotyl length become important when selecting varieties to place seed deeper?

The hypocotyl is that structure that lifts and pulls the cotyledons up through the soil surface. When soybean seeds germinate the hypocotyl elongates, pulling the two cotyledons (seed leaves) above the soil surface. The growing point is at the top of the hypocotyl where the two seed leaves are attached.

Corn has a similar structure...

ISA Director and soybean grower Jenny Mennenga farms in McLean and Dewitt counties in central Illinois with her husband Eric. We touched base with Mennenga in early October for a preharvest report. When we last talked, she was optimistic about yields after a rain-filled August, but she knew disease could pose a problem. Let’s see how...

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