All Posts from March 2016

Back in May 2015 I posted a blog titled “N on Beans: A Different Perspective.” I suggested that the reason soybeans don’t consistently respond to supplemental nitrogen is due to the following factors:

  • Yield potential is too low (soil and N fixation can meet the plant’s needs)
  • Nitrogen fixation is very high
  • Soil is capable of delivering greater amounts of nitrate than we think

On March 18 of this...

Recently, I read an article published by a well-respected group of academic researchers on the effects of micronutrients applied to soybeans. Their results showed no increase in yield and inconsistent increases in plant tissue and grain micronutrient content on plots treated with one product or combination of products.

I have no doubt, on the plots they tested, the results they published are correct. Many times in small, replicated...

Another alternative to planting corn is double cropping soybeans after wheat. Steve Jobs, the founder of Apple, once said “Your time is limited so don’t waste it living someone else’s life. Don’t be trapped by dogma—which is living with the results of other people’s thinking.”

Thanks to a lifetime in the ag industry and a career that has blessed me with the opportunity to work with farmers from coast to coast—from the borders of...

There are many good reasons to use a soil-applied residual herbicide for soybeans. Producers may want to:

  • Get early-season control of weeds and grasses to minimize early-season weed competition and provide more flexibility with postemergence treatment timing.
  • Provide some residual weed control before and following the postemergence glyphosate.
  • Provide some assistance to glyphosate in controlling certain hard-to-...

Soybean yield is related to pod and seed set per acre. And soybeans have a whole lot of growing points leading to branching and flower set. Boron plays a role in growth and differentiation. Having boron available at the right time plays an important role in final pod set and production. Something to think about.

Boron is an important micronutrient in plant development, reproduction and sugar movement. Soils typically provide sufficient...

The second 2016 Soybean Summit continued to build on Illinois Soybean Association’s goal of gaining more yields with 199 soybean farmers gathering in Peoria, Illinois on Thursday, February 25. Chad Colby of Colby AgTech, Darin Newsom of DTN and Kip Pendleton of The Pendleton group anchored the day as our keynote speakers, bringing incredible insight into how we can make the push for improved yield and profitability. Several other industry...

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