All Posts from February 2015

Clariva™ Complete Beans is a seed treatment from Syngenta for management of the soybean cyst nematode (SCN). Clariva Complete Beans contains Clariva™, with the active ingredient Pasteuria nishizawae, a bacterium that parasitizes SCN. Clariva Complete Beans also contains the seed treatment insecticide and fungicides that are in CruiserMaxx® Advanced and Vibrance®.

Coordinated, cooperative experiments

In 2014,...

It is easy to see when weeds or insects develop resistance to a herbicide or insecticide. The weeds or insects are easy to spot in the field. Even some plant diseases are becoming resistant to some fungicides, as evidenced by the infected plants in the field.

A harder place to detect resistance may be when soybean cyst nematodes, SCN, start to overcome the benefits of using a soybean variety with a particular source of resistance to...

As I have attended many agronomy meetings this winter, one of the hot topics is how to increase soybean yields. 2014 gave us a hint across many parts of the light soil areas as to what is actually possible in soybean yields. The trick now is to figure out what gave us the opportunity for those high yields and try and do it on a consistent basis. There is no doubt Mother Nature played a key role in the final yields, but there are some things...

The Illinois Council on Best Management Practices (C-BMP) has introduced a series of four videos to help answer common questions about working with cover crops.  The videos feature Mike Plumer, cover crop specialist with C-BMP, and focus on cover crop topics such as how to get started, pros and cons of the practice, when to start planning and cover crop choices for Illinois farmers.  View the videos below or on...

Commodity prices are low and the outlook for significant increases is dim. So remaining profitable is the challenge growers will face in 2015.

In the long run, you cannot operate an enterprise at a loss. It wasn’t that long ago (pre-ethanol), that we always hoped for making a profit, but it wasn’t guaranteed. In 2015, a Central Illinois producer looking back through time at prices and yields will realize that they will likely have...

URBANA, Ill. – Stocks of U.S. soybeans at the end of the current marketing year are expected to be at an eight-year high, according to a University of Illinois agricultural economist. In addition, the current South American soybean harvest is estimated at a record 6.066 billion bushels, 378 million bushels larger than the 2014 harvest and 710 million bushels larger than the 2013 harvest. The USDA projects Sept. 1, 2015, stocks of soybeans in...

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