All Posts from April 2016

While higher yield overall is one of the “causes” of low soybean market prices, for the individual farmers, increasing yields is an important “cure” to help improve profits. Many yield increases cost little or no money. These come from paying attention to details, taking little steps to be sure no yield opportunities are overlooked. So how do you prepare to not overlook yield opportunities?

Plan ahead. Too often we get...

ILeVO® is another solution for controlling Sudden Death Syndrome. It joins rotation, variety tolerance, drainage and delayed planting as another management option and growers are asking what it is and how it works.

What is ILeVO? ILeVO seed treatment is a soybean seed-applied fungicide that provides protection from Sudden Death Syndrome (SDS), as well as providing additional control of Soybean Cyst nematode (SCN) in the root...

Today’s soybean inoculants are not the same as years past. The advancement and introduction of new products, low relative prices and changes to soybean production have led to additional research on the use of inoculants in our corn-soybean rotation. If purchasing a soybean inoculant (B. japonicum) or “rhizobia”, where might you get the most bang for your buck?

10. In the past, some research has shown that “long-term” drought, extending...

Headline from Iowa State University: “Research Shows Extra Cover Crop Growth Prior to Soybeans Provides Benefits.”

Anyone who has planted cover crops, particularly winter cereal rye or annual ryegrass, will recognize the truth in this statement and has probably figured this out already.

This Iowa State University study, funded by the United Soybean Board, showed that letting cereal rye grow three more weeks prior to termination...

For most of my career working with soybeans the planting process has been a controlled spill at best. We used to drill quite a few beans and when setting the depth Grandpa always said, “If you don’t see a few beans on top of the ground you are planting too deep.” Well, we also planted 100# per acre with the drill and that doesn’t cut it with $50 plus per bag of soybean seed.

While some things are still table stakes—such as planter...

Are you seeing any weeds becoming more problematic in your fields? 

It is my hope that weed management in your fields is improving and that weed pressure is decreasing. If you are in that position, I encourage you to continue to be aggressive – but consider how you can adjust your herbicide program so it is different from what you did last time you grew soybeans to minimize risk of selecting for herbicide-resistant populations.

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