All Posts from June 2015

When a spring that started off cold and dry turns warm and wet it becomes challenging to stay ahead of weed infestations. The appearance of glyphosate resistance in our area has necessitated more aggressive weed management. Using preplant and post residuals, getting 2,4-D back into our no-till burndowns, tank-mixing products for multiple modes of action, targeting sprays on smaller weeds and using higher rates of glyphosate are all examples...

Stunted, yellow areas in my soybeans: disease, nutrient deficiency or just too much water?

Depending on your circumstances it could be one or all the above. By far the most likely culprit is the excessive amounts of moisture we’ve received lately. Yellowing in a plant is often nutrient-related but the reason for the shortage in the plant is often not a lack of nutrient in the soil. More often it is related to some soil property or root...

WOW! We are having a lot of thunderstorms coming through our area in June. We have not been in the field for two weeks. Fields that got planted are waterlogged and all of the low areas have water ponding in them.

I want to discuss hail damage on soybeans because with these storms we got some areas with severe hail damage. First, the height and correct staging of the soybean plant is critical. Soybean staging is VE, VC, V1, V2, V3, and...

Rain has been abundant in Illinois during the month of June. With the large amounts of rain over the last 2 weeks it is important to evaluate your soybean plant stands.

Once a soybean crop is planted, there are many things that can affect your crop’s emergence and plant stand. These include: field conditions at time of planting, planting depth, soil type, fertility, herbicide crop response, rainfall, temperature, crusting, hail,...

These images of flooding look familiar to you?

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Lower commodity prices have growers monitoring their inputs more closely than in previous years. Soybean weed control is one of the areas that farmers have invested more money into due to increased weed pressure and herbicide resistance. With this increased investment, a question that arises is, “Do I need to control volunteer corn in my soybean fields?”

Volunteer corn enters a field through kernel loss during harvest. This kernel loss...

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