All Posts from August 2016

As leaders in sustainability, Illinois soybean growers have a long history of increasing productivity while reducing negative environmental impacts. However, there is a need for agriculture to continue to improve by adopting the latest tools and technologies.

The good news is that increasing efficiency and minimizing environmental impact helps keep more money in your pocket. Use the “4Rs...

Volunteer corn competes with soybeans for space, water, nutrients and light. University studies show that 2.4 volunteer corn plants per 100 sq. ft. can reduce yield by 10 percent. Just six volunteer corn plants per 100 feet of row can also reduce soybean yields by as much as 10 percent. In addition to yield loss, volunteer corn makes harvesting difficult and causes both shattering and dockage.

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Mike Wilson, Soy CCA Envoy from Southeast Illinois, explains why managing soybeans through Labor Day can help increase yield and ultimately improve growers’ bottom lines. He explains the issues that growers can see late in the season with disease, insects, weeds and nutrition.

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Growers can now tap into the soybean plant’s own defense mechanism to combat SCN.

Soybean cyst nematode (SCN) has been found in most soybean-producing areas in the world. SCN was first found in North America in North Carolina in 1954 and since then has spread to many of the fields in at least 31 soybean-producing states and Canada. SCN is the most destructive pathogen of soybeans in the United States with annual yield losses due to SCN...

Illinois soybean growers took the opportunity over three days to boost profitability through a series of field days.  At the final one of the three grower and Illinois Soybean Association Director David Droste told Brownfield Ag News that the field days – in northern, central and in southern Illinois – keep farmers productive.

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Palmer amaranth (Amaranthus palmeri) has garnered much attention recently in both academic discussions and popular press releases, and with good reason. Among the weedy species of Amaranthus, Palmer amaranth has the fastest growth rate and is the most competitive with the crops common to Midwest agronomic cropping systems. Soybean yield losses approaching 80% and corn yield losses exceeding 90% have been reported in the peer-reviewed...

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