All Posts from August 2015

There have been many acres of soybeans planted after July 15th, with a lesser amount planted even later, after August 1st. The question being asked as we continue to endure highly variable rain and temperatures is what the chances are that these beans can make a good yield. There is really no good answer to that question. I don’t think we have ever seen this many late-planted soybeans, nor do we have any idea of what the yield potential is....

Nutrient Regulations: The possibility in Illinois has farmers on edge. With regulations in the Chesapeake Bay and Ohio, and litigation in Iowa, it seems inevitable that it’s just a matter of time in Illinois. But take heart: What we’re doing in Illinois gives us the best possible chance of retaining our freedom to choose best management practices and achieving the goals outlined in the Illinois Nutrient Loss Reduction Strategy. Here’s how we’...

Selection of your wheat variety is the first step for increasing your double-crop soybean yield. It all begins with selecting ultra-early and early-maturity varieties that have proven yield, high test weight and resistant to Fusarium head blight.

Limagrain Cereal Seed’s (LCS) selection for ultra-early varieties has given many farmers both the opportunity to grow high-yielding wheat followed by high-yielding soybeans. The harvest of...

Here in southern Illinois it feels like a brisk fall day, the temperature at 7:00 a.m. was 55 degrees. I hope we aren’t setting a precedent for colder than normal temperatures. We really do not need an early September frost. As I drive around the Wabash Valley and its tributaries, it seems many of those acres wiped out by June floods have been replanted to soybeans. Most of those acres were planted between July 20th and August 1st. We still...

Hello from District 2.

Soybeans in my area are coming along nicely, but it didn’t always look so good for them. Two weeks ago I was finding a lot of White Mold and Sudden Death Syndrome (SDS) in just about every field I looked in. Last week, I went back and spot checked all the same fields and found that levels of White Mold and SDS have not increased at all. The disease seems to have stopped in its tracks. This is great news for us....

It’s August and that is when soybeans make yield. Soybeans are at late R4 (ending pod set) or R5 (beginning seed set). Everyone knows that August rains are critical to determining final soybean yield. So how is yield being made in August and how does weather influence it?

Soybeans have several components that contribute to final yield including plants, pods per plant, seeds per pod and seed weight. By August plant population is set,...

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