All Posts from January 2015

Although the air is 79 percent di-nitrogen (N2), soybean plants without Bradyrhizobium japonicum are unable to utilize this nitrogen source. The soybean plant provides nutrients (carbohydrates and minerals) and a protective growing environment for the rhizobia. In turn, the rhizobia “fix” atmospheric nitrogen into ammonia (NH3), which can then be used by the soybean plant.

B. japonicum is specific to soybean and will not fix nitrogen...

Soybeans can be planted deeper than you think and do better than you hope.

Soybean planting will start soon, but will growers suffer from shallow thinking? New research shows soybeans need to be planted a bit deeper than most people think.

How deep do you plant soybeans -- 1 inch, 1.25 inch or 1.5 inch? If so, you are out of step with the most recent data.

Jim Specht, University of Nebraska agronomist, just released...

How do your production costs look for the year ahead? Iowa State University just released its 2015 crop-production estimates, and I hope your figures look better than these guidelines. That won’t be easy, I’m afraid, but then actual costs can vary greatly.

Based on $273/acre rent, they’re talking $4.23 per bushel to produce corn and $10.96 soybeans. Wow!

... continued its winter webinar series on Wednesday, Jan. 21. In "Six Secrets of Soybean Success,” Fred Below, Ph.D., University of Illinois professor of plant physiology and crop sciences, shared updates from his 2014 field research results and practical advice for helping growers plan for 2015.

Watch the webinar below for tips on high-yielding soybeans and the results from Dr. Below’s soybean management trials.


If you expect more from your soybeans… maybe they are expecting more from you?  If you can’t answer “yes” to all these questions, fertility management could be holding back your soybean yields.

  1. Do you soil test at least every 4 years?
  2. Is your % base saturation for potassium 3% or greater?
  3. Are you tissue sampling for micronutrient deficiencies and hidden hunger?
  4. Are you maintaining a soil pH in the mid 6...

There has been a lot of discussion lately about soybean composition or protein and oil concentration.  Farmers may wonder why they should care about the protein and oil concentration in their soybeans.  The bottom line is that soybean composition ultimately impacts the economic value (or the “Estimated Processed Value” (EPV)) ofsoybean meal and oil.  EPV is impacted by the yield and quality of the soybean meal and oil yield.This chart shows...