All Posts from February 2015

Over the last decade I have noticed a subtle shift across much of the northern soybean growing region towards planting later maturity group soybeans. This shift, either conscious or unconscious, may be attributed to earlier planting dates, relatively favorable fall harvest windows, and the drive for maximum yield as influenced by high commodity prices. As with all trends sooner or later, we have a correction year: 2014 was that year for many...

Seed treatments can help protect soybean seeds and seedlings against a wide range of yield-threatening insects and diseases. At the critical early-growth stage, added protection gives the plant a greater opportunity to develop a strong root system. This is the foundation for a healthy plant and a strong growing season.  Growers using treated soybean seeds this spring should keep in mind the key principles of responsible use, highlighted in...

Weed control in soybeans can be a challenge today. Growers are dealing with a number of weeds that are resistant to some herbicide families or just plain tough to control. This requires growers to adopt a range of tactics and devote extra diligence so they can obtain the level of weed control they experienced when Roundup Ready® soybeans were first introduced and glyphosate was the herbicide of choice.

While herbicide resistance is...

Choosing soybean varieties with the best combination of traits will be key to a successful 2015 crop.  In this podcast, Jeremy Hogan,technical marketing agronomist with BASF, explains what Illinois growers should be looking for this year, how maturity group selection can help increase yield and the best places to go for more information.

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Illinois is well-positioned to take advantage of global demand for non-GMO soybeans, says Mark Albertson director of strategic market development. Since 2010, between eight and 11 percent of soybean acres in Illinois have been planted with non-GMO soybeans, according to the USDA.  

Albertson says three primary factors help Illinois lead the nation in non-GMO soybean production:

  • First, Illinois has access to containers,...

Waterhemp will continue to be a top weed challenge for many Illinois growers in 2015, according to Mark Bernards, assistant professor of agronomy, crop science and weed control, Western Illinois University. “We saw a lot of waterhemp sticking up above the canopy last fall, so we’ll continue to have issues with it this next year, which can be complicated if it also has developed resistance to glyphosate.”

Bernards adds that while many...

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