All Posts from May 2015

Soil health is defined as a balanced, fully-functioning soil system. Traditionally, farming has focused on managing nutrients to keep soils high in productivity. Now, the discussion has shifted to including soil biology. Soil labs are offering new tests, including soil respiration, to gauge soil health. 

Watch Will Brinton, Ph.D., owner of Woods End Soil Laboratory and inventor of the Solvita® soil respiration test, use his more than...

ISA is continuing its ILSoyAdvisor.com podcasts, connecting agronomy experts with Illinois farmers to share their insights, experiences and recommendations on growing high-yielding, profitable soybeans.

Wheat-soybean double crop rotations are gaining attention due to commodity prices, environmental and economic benefits and new wheat varieties. In the most recent podcast, Kelly Robertson, owner of Precision Crop Services in Benton, Ill...

Interested in breaking your own soybean yield record, breaking the 100-bushel ceiling or just seeing if a new package of technologies improves your soybean yield over your soybean practices? Well the Illinois Soybean Association (ISA) has a challenge that will meet your interests.

ISA has been sponsoring the Yield Challenge since 2010. Over the last five years a thousand farmers in Illinois have entered the side-by-side yield challenge...

Soybean can be planted later than corn and not suffer the same level of yield loss. Nevertheless the ideal time to plant soybeans is the first 7 to 10 days of May. After that, yields losses increase exponentially with later planting.

Planting date research conducted by Emersion Nafziger at the University of Illinois enabled him to construct a response curve showing the increase in yield loss as planting is delayed past May 10.

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This past two weeks have produced environmental conditions which have led to problems in our soybean fields.

The use of PPO herbicides for control of waterhemp, Palmer amaranth and other pigweed species have had an impact on soybean emergence we rarely see in this district.  With the combination of wet and cool conditions these PPO herbicides have caused some conditions that have required replanting in some fields.  What is happening...

How do soybean seeds and seedlings fare when soils become saturated or water ponds on a field?

It isn’t uncommon to get a heavy rain after planting, followed by the upper soil profile becoming saturated and staying saturated because rains continue unabated and the soil profile is full. And water can pond on a field or spots in a field for seemingly days on end if rain continues. How long can a seed, seedling or small plant survive when...

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