All Posts from August 2015

Many of you are being bombarded with information about the “latest” seed enhancement to increase yield in soybeans. I agree this is an excellent method to protect seedlings and increase yield with relatively low cost and minimum impact on the environment. You are applying exact amounts to the seed in a very precise manner. However, we should be mindful that not all seed treatments and enhancements are compatible.

Last week, at the...

In theory estimating yields in soybeans is no different than corn and is simple math: number of seeds per plant X number of plants/number of seeds per pound/60 = bushels per acre. If that’s all there is to it, why is it so hard to yield check soybeans and why have so many of us decided the only way to yield check soybeans is with a combine?

Soybean yield is as simple as seeds/acre divided by seeds/pound divided by 60lbs/bu. The tricky...

I have a lot of broadleaf weed escapes in my soybeans. The question that I have is will there be a soybean yield loss from spraying a diphenyl ether (think Cobra®) at this stage of soybean growth? Also, will I be able to control these weeds?

Let us review the current stage of soybean growth: we are between R3 and R4, which is beginning pod and full pod. There are a lot of flowers on top of the soybean plants and pods on the middle...

More and more growers are interested in planting cover crops to improve their soil and increase soil productivity. It is also a good tool to reduce nutrient losses since covers scavenge up nutrients like nitrogen and phosphorus that contribute to hypoxia in surface waters.

Unfortunately it is not always timely to plant cover crops after corn and soybean harvest. There is usually not enough time left in the fall to get any growth if you...

Chesterfield, Missouri (July 14, 2015)--For soybean farmers, sustainability isn’t a buzzword; it’s a way of life. Farmers were green before it was even a movement. From crop rotation and reduced tillage to nutrient and water management, every day is an ongoing commitment to the land and resources.

U.S. soybean farmers are committed to continuous improvement – making sure the land that they farm now is prosperous for years to come. Here...

In light of the recent Illinois Nutrient Loss Reduction Strategy (NLRS) release, nutrient management practices have been on the minds of producers statewide. On July 23, ISA held its latest 2015 Sustainability Showcase event at The Maschhoffs in Carlyle, Illinois, to help growers in the Kaskaskia River Watershed learn about the latest in best management practices to reduce nutrient loss and protect water quality.

Growers and industry...

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