All Posts from 2015

Saving a potential $60 per acre requires impeccable management

In the vast sea of southeast Arkansas soybean fields, Jason Smith’s Desha County acreage is an island perched in agronomic isolation. Smith is a crop maverick, growing 3,000 acres of remarkably clean conventional soybeans. The path to Smith’s conventional soybean conversion was dictated by economic necessity—the need for a young farmer to save money.

“I didn...

Anyone who thought last year’s 104-bushel record soybean yield was a fluke may be eating crow as harvest results come in throughout the state. Champaign County farmer Jason Lakey and his father, Robert, have set a new verified state soybean yield record with an astonishing 108.3 bushel yield.

Lakey’s achievement was part of the ISA Yield Challenge, a checkoff-funded program established in 2010 to ...

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2015 delivered a tough growing season for many Illinois farmers, and lower soybean prices to follow. For incomes to increase in 2016, either commodity prices need to rise or farmers need to cut costs.

 “Looking at where commodity prices are now,...

It’s time to consider seed treatments as a tool to control Soybean Cyst Nematode (SCN).

SCN is still the No. 1 pest impacting soybeans in the U.S. We all know the management rules: plant a resistant variety, rotate out of soybeans, control winter annuals (alternate host), scout for presence of cysts and eggs, and, if egg counts in the soil get too high, rotate out of soybeans for 2 or 3 years.

SCN is still out there and still a...

Finally, harvest 2015 is about over. During this past season we have discussed what worked, what didn’t, what we need to look at next year and what needs to be discarded. One of the most consistent questions I get is about the value of foliar products on soybeans. It is a good question and I want to explore that in this blog.

There are a couple of different foliar-type products on the market. Some of them are micronutrient products of...

Soybean planting date has been a heavily debated topic over the last several years. A common misconception is that timely soybean planting is not nearly as important as timely corn planting. Growers typically avoid planting soybeans early due to fears of cold soils, frost, seedling diseases, bean leaf beetles and risk of sudden death syndrome (SDS). These factors were once a legitimate reason for growers to keep the soybean planter in the...

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