All Posts from October 2015

What to do when Mother Nature messes up your soybean weed control program …

In spite of the most modern technology and best high-yield production practices, too much rain and/or rain at the wrong time made getting optimal weed control challenging if not impossible this year. Too little moisture can negatively impact the performance of soil applied residual herbicides by not activating them before weeds germinate and emerge. Too much...

Growers are harvesting corn and soybeans and experiencing surprisingly good yields for a summer plagued by too much rain, too little rain and wacky weather.

But as harvest rolls forward many growers are already thinking about how to prepare for 2017. Some growers will be planting cover crops if they haven’t already. Others will be doing fall tillage, and most will be applying fertilizer or lime.

Historically, the trend has been...

As I roam around southern Illinois and talk to growers this fall, I hear a lot of farmers talk about what they will be doing in 2016, but no conversation about what they won’t be doing. It is easy to think about what you want to do, but harder to spend time reviewing past mistakes. With current economic conditions, I understand it’s important to be more conservative on input decisions, but I tell growers don’t throw the baby...

Soybean cyst nematode (SCN) is a devastating and yield-limiting pest of the soybean worldwide. Syngenta, as a pioneer in controlling this pathogen, offers their second SCN Education Series to help educate growers and retailers on the best practices for reducing damage and increasing soybean yields. Clariva Complete Beans seed treatment from Syngenta includes a revolutionary ingredient with a unique, direct mode of action that is lethal to...

In central Illinois soybean harvest is moving along at a rapid pace, with harvest completion estimates around 75% for soybeans. Now that fields have been harvested and yields gathered, growers have concerns with the amount of variability they observed from field to field. There have been ranges from 35 to 80+ bushel field averages from one side of a township to another. There are several agronomic factors that should be considered when...

Water-hemp is becoming a real headache as a weed. Drive around the countryside in August, regardless of what state you’re in, and you can see water-hemp popping out of soybean fields. In the fields that remain clean all the way to harvest, I’m pretty certain that the grower is probably following a 3-prong approach to keep the population under control that includes:
• Residual at planting
• Tank mix at post application
• Using...

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