All Posts from 2015

 

Sourcing quality seed—seed with the genetic potential to maximize production in a specific region, and adapted to modern management systems and other agronomic factors—is a very important consideration for all producers. While varietal considerations are usually high on the list of priorities for full-season crops, the importance of selecting soybean varieties for placement in double-crop situations does not always rank as highly on...

We will soon be leaving 2015 behind us. As a reminder, 2015 has been the International Year of Soil. It is a tribute to our greatest natural resource that provides most of the food we eat.

I believe the next decade will be dedicated to building soil health to improve that national resource. To ensure that, on December 3, 2015 the Soil Health Institute (SHI) was launched. The SHI is an association dedicated to protecting the health of...

To treat or not to treat soybean seed for 2016? That is the question. Or at least it’s a thought in the process of cutting costs for the 2016 crop.

In the spirit of full disclosure, I am an advocate of treated soybean seed. No, I do not make any money off treatments or from treatments. I just won’t plant soybeans without treatment, regardless of whether they are full season or double cropped soybeans. I can give you a laundry list of...

Soybean experts shared their knowledge and insight throughout the year to help Illinois soybean farmers improve their bottom line. Find all of the webinars posted in 2015 below:

January: Six Secrets of Soybean Success

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In Part 1 we looked at how to approach our herbicide program and seed selection, the two biggest costs to soybean production after land cost, since fertilizer is close to last or much lower on the list. This blog will focus on fertilizer.

I have heard growers state “I am going to cut fertilizer and seed treatment from my beans in 2016. That will help the bottom line.” That quote or ones similar have been common this fall as farmers...

Do soybeans need supplemental nitrogen? Will they ever respond if you apply fertilizer nitrogen?

To apply or not apply nitrogen on soybeans is a question being asked by agronomists and farmers alike. So farmers and their teams—if they are agronomists—are doing their own testing to satisfy their curiosity.

Roundtables and conferences on this topic have concluded a couple things:

  1. Soybeans require a lot of nitrogen, 4...

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