All Posts from July 2016

Will soybean aphids break out this year, forcing growers to spray?  Our advice – stay tuned to the Ag news in Illinois to see if aphids are breaking out.

At the moment things are quiet and we have to wait and see what happens. However, take notice that aphids have been sighted in states like the Dakotas, Minnesota and Wisconsin. So there is a chance that populations will show up in Illinois, and in the northern part of the state first...

Continuing to improve soybean yields demands continued research to fine-tune production systems. That means a need to continue research at all levels − USDA, universities, industry and innovative growers. And that requires on-farm testing by local input suppliers and farmers. You can benefit from all of these programs to learn about new products, practices and ideas that may be implemented in your own soybean production system.   

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Join us on Thursday, August 18th for Agronomy Day! Discover the latest research, technology, and industry data from University of Illinois faculty and staff in the College of ACES. The event will be hosted in a new location: 4202 South First Street in Savoy, Illinois. In addition to a new location, we’ve made many improvements for participants including: disabled parking, shorter walking distances between tours, new faculty speakers, and a...

The decision to treat for foliar-feeding insects in soybean is based upon a threshold for plant defoliation, but it is important to know what insect pests are out there, since the management options can vary by pest. In addition to insects that feed on plant foliage, you may find other yield robbers such as piercing/sucking insects, i.e., soybean aphid and various stink bug species. The first step in managing any insect pest is identifying...

The two most common foliar diseases in Illinois that will respond to fungicides are Frogeye leaf spot and Septoria brown spot. Cercospora leaf blight is a close runner-up. Both Frogeye leaf spot and Septoria brown spot can be considered diseases that favor wet, warm, humid weather—conditions we experience here in Illinois. Sometimes to help farmers scout, I tell them that if they are seeing Gray leaf spot in their corn, then it is time to...

While the early spring and long hot dry spell in June allowed wheat to mature early and harvest to occur about 5-7 days earlier than normal, field conditions at the time of harvest and afterward were quite variable for planting double crop soybeans. There were many instances of fields that were very dry and hard with little or no moisture in them, to fields that had some moisture down 2 inches and deeper. Some found moisture only in the “flat...

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