All Posts from October 2015

In southern Illinois, most soybeans were planted by the time the wet weather arrived this year. 2015 still held some major challenges for soybean farmers, but despite the obstacles, growers were able to bring in some higher-than-expected yields. Mike Wilson, Southeast Illinois soybean envoy, discusses what farmers can learn from this season to keep in mind for next year.

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Double-crop soybean harvest has started across the region. Early planted double-crops have looked good all season and have good growth and pod counts. Later plantings looked good late in the season but lacked plant height, and in some fields planted in 15-inch rows have never really closed over. Row closure is a harbinger of above average double-crop soybean yield.

Yield reports from those harvesting early planted double-crops have...

As soybean harvest progressed this fall many farmers noted and commented on the job their herbicide program did on waterhemp. This year it was really apparent on what worked and what didn’t. In many cases it wasn’t so much what was used but when it was applied in relationship to rain events. Needless to say we had fields that were clean right next to fields that were thick with weeds.

Many have noted that using glyphosate products had...

Hello from District 2.

How did your soybeans do this year? My high-yield soybean team had a lot of fun this year trying some new things to boost yields. One of the things we tried was biologicals. We applied microbes to soybean plants in the early R stages. As with every input we have tried in the past, we had mixed results. We saw everything from a negative 6.9 bushel per acre response, to a positive 6.5 bushel response, with the...

When it comes to producing high-yield soybeans, knowing the details count.

By now most fields of full-season soybeans have been harvested. It probably felt good to combine that last acre of beans for the season and be done.

But your work isn’t over yet. As harvest ends and fall work slows down, take time to evaluate how your soybeans did overall and in individual fields. And do this before you make your soybean variety decisions...

Soybean harvest is done for 2015!

It was a challenging year for soybeans: too wet early, dry later in the summer, little or no rain during grain fill and then soybeans seemed to mature too quickly with such a warm fall. Some growers would say they are glad this year is over!

Picking and choosing varieties in my area will be tough next year. The Group 3 soybeans outyielded the Group 2 soybeans and ripened almost at the same time...

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