All Posts from 2014

The total phosphorus content in manure varies depending on the animal species, age, diet, and how the manure has been stored. Concentration of phosphorus in some manures may be up to 80 to 90 lbs P2O5 per ton (some poultry manures, for example), whereas other manure may contain as little as 4 lbs P2O5 per ton. It will require a laboratory analysis to know for sure.

When manure is applied to the soil, what percentage of this phosphorus...

undefinedAs small business owners, farmers often need to purchase health insurance for themselves and their families. In addition to this coverage, they also are responsible for deciding which healthcare options they...

BLOOMINGTON, ILL – The Illinois Soybean Association (ISA) is hosting its 2015 Soybean Summit: Soybean Masters at two different locations and dates. The first will take place Friday, January 30, 2015 at the Keller Convention Center in Effingham, Ill. The second will take place Friday, March 6, 2015 at the Peoria Civic Center in Peoria, Ill.

Funded in part by the Illinois soybean checkoff, both one-day...

Are your soybeans fixing as much nitrogen as possible and how much nitrogen can a soybean plant fix?

Soybeans are a legume and take nitrogen out of the air and fix it into a form that plants can use. You can dig up soybean roots and see whitish nodules on them. If when pressed between your fingers a nodule oozes pink sap it means the nodules are active and fixing nitrogen.

But just because the nodules are present doesn’t mean...

URBANA, Ill. – A 12-year University of Illinois study shows that, although the use of cover crops does not improve crop yields, the practice does increase the amount of sequestered soil organic carbon using three different soil management systems.

U of I soil scientist Ken Olson evaluated plots that were subjected to no-till, chisel plow and moldboard plow treatments with and without hairy vetch and cereal rye cover crops.

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Farm management takes many faces, from managing your farm’s finances to reacting to agricultural legislation. To shed light on the 2014 Farm Bill and help growers understand their options, Doug Yoder, senior director of marketing and affiliate management with the Illinois Farm Bureau(IFB), is leading nearly 90...

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