All Posts from 2015

Hopefully there are no soybeans still in the field at this point in Illinois. Even the double crop soybeans should be out by now. So soybean management is done for the season. And while you might thinking of heading south to sunny shores for the winter, take some time to start preparing for 2016.

Setting the stage for yield really begins with the soil—which begins with soil sampling and a measurement of soil health. Fall is the time to...

Providing adequate amounts of phosphorous and potassium nutrition can help soybean plants reach their potential yield. When these nutrients are deficient in the soil, the plants cannot reach their maximum potential and it will be reflected in the yield. Dr. Robert Mullen, Director of Agronomy with Potash Corporation of Saskatchewan, explains the importance of phosphorus (P) and potassium (K) in the soil, provides tips for a fertilizer...

undefinedAccording to the USDA Economic Research Service, U.S. net farm income is set to decline by 36 percent in 2015, and commodity prices are not expected to improve in the foreseeable future.

“Farmers are going to see more financial stress in the next six months,...

One of the founding fathers of the United States is often credited as the source of the phrase “in this world nothing can be certain, except death and taxes.” Scholars and pundits alike have added other “certainties” to this relatively short original list, so perhaps we can enjoy a sense of serenity to suggest another: weeds. Even with all the time and resources expended to control weeds in 2015, one can be reasonably confident this...

As I type this we are ending the first week of November. And as one drives the countryside there are still fields of double crop soybeans that remain unharvested. Many acres were not ripe before the frost and as such the frost helped to ripen them. But weather since then has not been favorable to help cure the beans and most certainly has not been fit to harvest on many days either.

While the leaves have mostly fallen off the plants...

ISA hosted its first regional ILSoyAdvisor Field Days this year. From August
4 – 6, we brought soybean experts to fields around the state to share the latest information, tools and technology producing higher yields and better profitability. 

The Illinois Nutrient Loss Reduction Strategy (NLRS) was released on July 21. The document provides a framework for reducing nutrient losses from all sources—industry,...

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