All Posts from May 2016

Down here in southern Illinois most wheat growers plan to plant soybeans after harvesting winter wheat. Their goal is to generate more profit from two crops in a season than growing a single crop; if they achieve that, double-cropping will remain a popular rotation. The road to greater profitability begins with achieving high yields in wheat, followed by high yields in soybeans.

The 2016 wheat crop in southern Illinois has two enemies...

Planting started very early in our area, and with the dry spring we’ve experienced planting has progressed at a near record pace. I have personally talked to more than one soybean grower who told me this is the first year they have ever planted soybeans in April. The dry spring gave us the opportunity in Northwestern Illinois to plant soybeans early. I’m glad more soybean producers are realizing waiting till May to start planting soybeans is...

Now that the planting season is upon us, do you feel that you made the best variety selection for greatest profitability? Agronomists and growers have known for years that selecting the right varieties can mean as much as a 10- to 20-bushel yield gain. University expects and ag media extol the virtues of selecting the right varieties and as a farmer myself, I know that.

But, it is especially challenging to follow this advice when you...

There is concern among soybean producers that micronutrient deficiencies and foliar diseases are causing yield reductions in Michigan. As such, there is a tendency among soybean producers to apply supplemental nutrient sources and fungicides even without sound experimental evidence to support these practices. In 2015, a farmer was interested in testing the effectiveness of a foliar spray containing Prudent Presto Red Label (6-18-5) plus boron...

For soybean growers facing high seed costs and low commodity prices, any insights into reaching optimal seeding rates and planting times can help raise profit margins.    

The Plant Management Network (PMN) has released a new presentation entitled “Risk and Benefits of Changing Farmers' Common Soybean Seeding Rates...

  • Bioreactors are passive filtration systems that can reduce nitrate losses from farm fields.
  • Most bioreactors are simple pits filled with wood chips; bacteria on the wood chips remove 25 to 45 percent of the nitrate in runoff water.
  • Research summarized in a special issue of the Journal of Environmental Quality highlights their potential applications and provides insight into design options.

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