All Posts from 2015

undefinedLower commodity prices pose a unique challenge of staying profitable in a tough market. Crop insurance provides farmers with an important risk management tool, and this is especially important as farmers look at continuing tight margins in 2016.

“Producers are...

Is 2016 the year to grow more soybeans in rotation?

Commodity prices are low, production of corn and soybeans is high (particularly for corn), and growers want to both ensure a profit as well as save money. Is there an opportunity to grow more soybeans in a rotation and is a there a soybeans-on-soybeans yield penalty?

For years we have thought that the yield penalty for growing continuous soybeans was greater than for growing...

Here is the second installment with additional considerations for weed management in 2016.

Resistance remains
Herbicide-resistant weed populations continue to be a common occurrence across most areas of Illinois. Waterhemp and horseweed (marestail) are the two most common herbicide-resistant weed species in Illinois, and observations during 2015 suggest these species are likely to remain prevalent in 2016....

The biggest question I get asked now that all the soybeans have been harvested is, what lessons did we learn and what can growers do differently next year? My answer would usually include a joke about not using as much water. However, despite having too much rain last year, the soybeans didn’t seem to suffer as much as expected based on final yields.

Tillage is the first thing that I would address in the answer. No-till soybeans have...

Wow, what a year the 2015 season has been! From the start, farmers were challenged by weather events that staggered early season growth. We were no different at Beck’s new Southern Illinois Practical Farm Research site in Effingham. Transitioning from a traditional farm that still had cattle and chickens on it in April, to a full-fledged research farm was a huge accomplishment in a short amount of time. Like others in the area, we experienced...

It is not too early to think about how you are going to control weeds in 2016. Many of you will remember how ineffective early weed control was last spring due to all the rain that either prevented spraying or diluted the impact of residual herbicides.

We all know that you can no longer rely on glyphosate to control all weeds and that programs today need either a burndown, a residual or another post as a tank mix with glyphosate. In...

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