All Posts from 2016

As one year ends and another begins, we all look back at the past year—and forward to the next one. Our team of soybean experts has been writing timely articles throughout the year as growers faced the challenges in each stage of the growing season. Here are the year’s top five articles:

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Is it time to reduce seed costs by adopting variable-rate seeding? This practice has been accepted in corn, but instead of lowering the rate you push up the rate in areas with high yield potential. Well, in soybeans you do the opposite—you lower the seed rate in race horse areas and increase the seed area in marginal parts of the field or even push up the rate in marginal soil areas.

The key to why this works this is understanding the...

It’s that time of year again, that time when all the fertilizer, chemical and seed dealers, reps and retailers have their winter meetings. It used to be that winter meetings were in February and March, but now they begin around Thanksgiving and last until field work begins. Winter meetings are great social events, as well as great places to pick up technical advice and pointers on crop inputs and to network. It is also the time when we go...

Are the Maturity Group (MG) ratings we are accustomed to still accurate and do they reflect the maturity of the varieties we should be planting today?

Shawn Conley, Soybean Extension Specialist Soybean, and colleagues from the University of Wisconsin led an effort to reevaluate how maturity group rankings relate to today’s soybean growing environments. Constantly changing weather patterns (think global warming), and changes in genetics...

On December 9, the USDA released the World Agricultural Supply and Demand Estimates report for December. Despite strong U.S. soybean export numbers in the early part of the marketing year driven by Chinese imports, the USDA maintained the forecast of 2016-17 marketing year exports of U.S. soybeans at 2.05 billion bushels. The lack of change in the soybean export forecast surprised some...

The ILSoyAdvisor.com Soybean Summits will bring valuable management resources to local farmers this winter.  Funded in part by the Illinois Soybean Association (ISA) checkoff program, the 2017 Soybean Summits will be held Feb. 3, 2017, in Effingham at the Thelma Keller Convention Center and Feb. 16, 2017, in Peoria at the Peoria Civic Center, from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.  

These free events will update soybean farmers and other production...

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