All Posts from February 2015

Are you curious about cover crops or want to learn more about more efficient nutrient management?

With more interest in soil health, the Champaign County Soil and Water Conservation District is holding a series of Conservation Cropping Seminars featuring cover crop specialists, suppliers and researchers, as well as local growers sharing tips and answering farmers’...

Narrow-row beans once were going to revolutionize soybean production, but have we backslid?

Personally, I think the evidence is clear that maybe 6 to 7 years out of 10, narrow-row beans will out yield beans planted in 30-inch rows. But then again, 3 or 4 years out of 10, 30-inch row beans will yield the same or maybe higher. Sometimes it is difficult to believe which row spacing is better.

The earlier you plant beans the less...

What you need to know when switching back to beans.

Commodity prices favor growing more soybeans, and this could mean more producers in Illinois will be growing more beans in 2015.

Planting continuous corn or a long corn and short soybean rotation has been common, and farmers have learned how to manage through the challenges of corn in the operation. However, with soybean prices possibly providing greater enterprise...

For El Paso, Ill., soybean farmer Rob Shaffer, who grows about 450 acres of soybeans with his brother, the switch from growing specialty soybeans to 100 percent non-GMO wasn't that challenging. "Everyone is looking for a niche, and for us this works," he says.

More time and management are required to grow a non-GMO crop, acknowledges Shaffer. Relationships and conversations also matter, which is why the ISA director talks to each of...

The February issue of Illinois Field & Bean focuses on soil health and fertility -- a topic that is always top of mind before the growing season.  Be sure and read:

Back to the Basics: Details Matter for Productive Soils (Page 5)

Illinois soils vary widely,...

What would you be willing to do for an extra $2-per-bushel premium for soybeans? For some Illinois soybean producers, that premium comes from growing non-GMO (genetically modified organism/biotech) or other identity-preserved (IP) soybeans.

Rob Prather of Huron Commodities in Monticello, Ill., says more growers are showing an interest in non-GMO soybeans, thanks to premium pricing. 

For example, early November premiums for...

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