All Posts from August 2016

To make sure your crop is getting enough nutrients, use tissue testing to confirm.

When we think about providing nutrients to our crops, most times we think about the macronutrients we apply and what we remove from fields in the grain. When we are managing our soybeans throughout the season, however, we need to understand what the soybean plant actually needs—not only to produce the seed that we will harvest, but also to complete its...

10. “Soybeans are just a crop that I use to rotate and plant after my corn.”

The average soybean yield in Illinois is 55 bu/A, and yet we know that our soybean genetics have the potential to reach yields of 100 bu/A. Focus on “Six Secrets to Soybean Success” such as weather, fertility, genetics, foliar protection, seed treatment and row arrangement as introduced by University of Illinois professor, Dr. Fred Below. You will find some...

Soil sampling is an integral part of a strong soybean management program, according to Andy Wycislo, Midwest region agronomist for Waypoint Analytical. Illinois is made up of a variety of different soils, and each type of soil has different characteristics that influence the success of the crops that grow in it. Soil sampling can indicate what the soil needs and doesn’t need, and growers can learn how to get the most out of each growing...

In March 2016, ISA organized a phosphorus management webinar series. This three-part series focused on reducing phosphorus loss from growers’ fields, implementing the 4Rs, and specific fertilizer management practices. Click on the links below to view the webinars.

One CEU in Nutrient Management is available for viewing each webinar. 

Steve Baker, president of Springfield Plastics Inc., reviews saturated buffer strips in this podcast. He explains the difference between a traditional and a saturated buffer strip. He notes that saturated systems have been researched in a wide geography and most vegetation types can use this nitrogen. Baker encourages growers to do research on their own farm and experiment with this practice to see the costs they could save.

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Once again, statewide surveys of insects in corn and soybean fields were conducted during the summer of 2016. A total of 33 counties were surveyed this year. The surveys were performed during the first week of August by sampling five corn and five soybean fields per county. For the past several years (2011, 2013–2016), surveys in corn and soybean fields have been conducted with the goal of estimating densities of common insect pests....

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