All Posts from April 2015

Sudden Death Syndrome has become a major disease challenge in Illinois and 2014 was no exception. In this podcast, Jessica Herdes, technical agronomist for Asgrow/Dekalb in Southern Illinois, explains the options available for controlling SDS in 2015.

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Hello, my name is Jack Hardwick and I am your Soybean Agronomist from Crop District 6.

I was born and raised in Beardstown, Ill., on a grain farm located in the Illinois River Valley.  I graduated from Beardstown High School in 2000 and received a B.S. degree in Plant and Soil Science from Southern Illinois University, Carbondale in 2004.  I spent the first three years out of college working as a Crop Specialist for Sunrise Ag FS based...

Even though the snow is falling here this evening, it is time to check the planter. Here is a list of suggestions for plantersetup and maintenance.

  1. Check meters on a test stand in order to visually inspect parts and evaluate performance.
  2. Inspect all mechanical drive components and look for any excessive wear including down pressure springs, parallel linkages and bushings.
  3. Check seed tubes for any wear in...

In the next few weeks growers across Illinois will start planting their soybeans. Planting soybeans at the right time, right depth and under the right soil conditions gives growers the best opportunity to get their crop out of the ground quickly, establish a vigorous crop stand and have a jump-start on reaching their yield goal.

Soybean growers have already made their most important soybean decision:...

You are investing a lot of money in the soybean seed you buy today and you expect the variety to yield in return. But to realize the yield you expect, you first have to the give each and every seed a fighting chance to emerge and produce a healthy seedling that will mature into a pod-bearing plant. And soil-borne pathogens are your nemesis.

When considering all the stresses that soybeans incur during the season it is remarkable how...

So you want to grow 100 bushel soybeans this year? Either you can get lucky or put together the right team.

Producing 100 bushel soybeans isn’t unheard of and it has been accomplished multiple times, but it takes some planning and the right weather to achieve it. In 2015, Dan Arkels from LaSalle County won ISA’s 100 bushel challenge with a verified yield of 103.9 bushels per acre. There were several other reports in Illinois last year...

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