All Posts from 2014

ILSoyAdvisor.com kicked off a winter webinar series on Wednesday, Dec 3. Dr. Emerson Nafziger, professor of crop sciences and extension agronomist at the University of Illinois, presented  his observations on the 2014 soybean crop. 

Watch the webinar below for key takeways from the 2014 growing season and ideas on how to plan for 2015.

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The 2014 growing season was a notable one, setting records in terms of acres, yield and production. In this short podcast, ISA Technical Consultant Dan Davidson, Ph.D., explains what made 2014 such a unique year. Listen to hear a recap of the season, why farmers across the state were affected differently and how the 2014 harvest compares to previous years and averages.

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With the intense rains this past season, some areas of the state had considerable gully erosion cutting up the fields, bounced across and made visible at harvest time, especially in soybeans. Some occurred in hailed out fields where there was no crop canopy to absorb the energy of the falling rain. While your first impulse may be to till in the gullies, take a moment to examine why they formed where they did. Were they caused by:

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The Illinois Soybean Association’s soy-checkoff-funded Soybean Summits connect Illinois soybean farmers with expert advice about how to increase yields and profits. Consider these five timely soybean-production tips presented recently. For the full presentations, visit www.SoyYieldChallenge.com and click on “Soybean Summit.”

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Over the past few years, many producers have gotten accustomed to high commodity prices. However, with prices now on the decline and costs remaining high, farmers face a more challenging financial situation.

In the fourth episode of “Management Matters: Focus on Profitability,” David Kohl, agricultural finance author and professor emeritus at Virginia Tech University, explains that this downturn in the commodity supercycle calls for...

The 2014 Farm Bill will bring changes to key crop safety net provisions, and soon growers will need to make a long-term commitment to a new risk protection program. Are you prepared to make an informed choice?

Nick Paulson, Ph.D., associate professor of agriculture, University of Illinois, is working with the USDA to help farmers make the major decisions facing them in the upcoming Farm Bill. In the third episode of “Management Matters...

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