All Posts from April 2016

Shawn P. Conley, professor of agronomy at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, produced a webinar focusing on how extreme weather events and climate variation over the past 30 years have affected soybean yields. Topics he reviews include which months are most susceptible to yield loss from extreme weather, the importance of developing a strategy specific to your location, and which areas are most prone to future monetary losses.

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Resistant soybean varieties are a vital tool for managing the soybean cyst nematode (SCN). These soybean varieties must contain several genes to be fully resistant to the nematode. Not all SCN-resistant varieties contain a full set of resistance genes. Consequently, SCN-resistant soybean varieties can vary greatly in their agronomic performance and the SCN control that they provide.

ISU SCN-resistant Soybean Variety Trial...

The 2016 Soybean Summit ended on a high note with more than 150 soybean farmers meeting in Rockford, Illinois on Friday, March 11 to learn about steps they can take to reach their mission of higher yields. Bryce Anderson of DTN and Bryce Knorr of Penton/Farm Progress anchored the day as the two keynote speakers. Attendees also got to listen and network with many other soybean experts including breakout session speakers: Marion Calmer (Calmer...

Boron is an essential micronutrient that is critical for soybean plants to thrive. It is required for cell wall and xylem formation, cell elongation, metabolism of nitrogen and more. However, the incorrect amount of boron can lead to visibly stunted and unhealthy plants. Nathan Slaton, Ph.D., professor of soil fertility at the University of Arkansas, led the webinar below and provided numerous helpful soybean photos that growers can reference...

Sudden Death Syndrome (SDS) is a major soybean disease in Illinois and across the Corn Belt—flare-ups are still unpredictable and can be especially devastating. Flare-ups are usually associated with early planting and wet, compacted soils that remain saturated during emergence. The only solution has been to make sure the soils and headlands have internal drainage, delay planting till later in May when soil conditions are drier and warmer, and...

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