All Posts from October 2014

According to the USDA National Agricultural Statistics Service, 23% of Michigan’s soybean crop was harvested as of Oct. 19, 2014. The average harvest progress on this date for 2009 to 2013 is 60%. Because of this, soybean producers are looking for ways to expedite harvest operations. Below are several options for speeding up the 2014 soybean harvest.

Increase Combine Ground Speed When Possible

When conditions...

Looking at current Ohio field research and the literature available on the topic of minimizing losses of phosphorus at the edge of the field the following recommendations are a starting point to maximizing productivity while minimizing environmental impacts on water quality.

Phosphorous Rate, Application and Timing

Avoid overloading soils. Soil...

We have published articles about fall herbicide treatments in C.O.R.N. over most of the last five years or more.  Readers can check the archives for those articles, as our suggestions about fall weed control have not really changed much from year to year.  Maybe the best thing we can do here instead of regurgitating the same information is to list some of the questions we have received this year about fall treatments, with answers of course...

Is compaction an issue on your farm and is it limiting yield? Compaction limits root growth, soil porosity, water movement and water holding capacity and causes water ponding. And everyone knows that soybeans don’t like wet feet. Growth will stall and plants are vulnerable to root and stem rots. Unfortunately compaction can be created quickly, but it takes time to fully correct a breakdown in soil structure so it is better to prevent it from...

When Lynn Rohrscheib, Fairmount, Ill., isn’t representing the state’s soybean farmers on the ISA board of directors, she is busy working with her father on their 2,500-acre farm, which includes soybean, corn and wheat rotations.

A wet and cool spring delayed planting at Rohrscheib Farms, as it did on many farms across Illinois. Yet, Rohrscheib is confident that a strong growing season has resulted in strong yields, including a good...

undefinedI recently have been pondering how the use of cover crops and other conservation practices on Illinois farms is likely to be impacted by low crop prices. One possibility is that farmers will be unwilling to invest in conservation...

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