All Posts from September 2016

Dan Arkels, 2015 100 Bushel Challenge Winner, provides an update on his 2016 Yield Challenge field. Aside from insect pressure from bean leaf beetles and Japanese beetles, he explains that this has been an ideal growing season. There were adequate rains, minimal disease and estimates indicate that yield for this field will be between 125 and 155 bushels/acre.

Watch the video below to learn more.

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In my time as a Soy Envoy for the past two growing seasons I have attempted to give advice in an unbiased way, trying not to let my personal opinions come through too much. I just want to present facts as I have seen them and leave the soapbox in the closet. Well, that is going to end today! We have been hearing for two months about the damage done to off-target crops in the south by the off-label misapplication of dicamba on tolerant...

Many of you, while you are harvesting, will also be thinking about the soybean varieties you want to plant next season. Selecting the right variety is the first key step to high yield.

Herbicide Resistance

Let’s face it, weed resistance in soybeans has reached the ultimate point of “doom and gloom.” We know that there are many new herbicide traits on the horizon, but the complicated cloud of regulation and...

This post highlights material covered in a breakout session sponsored by Bayer CropScience at the recent ILSoyAdvisor Field Days. To see other posts in this Field Days recap series, go to ilsoy.org/fielddays.

Waterhemp control is a big challenge for Illinois growers due to resistance to glyphosate, ALS and PPO herbicides. Of the ten available herbicide modes of action,...

Soybean prices during the last five months of the 2015-16 marketing year averaged much higher than during the first seven months of the year. For example, the average daily bid price at central Illinois locations was $8.67 during the first seven months and $10.28 during the last five months of the year. Those daily prices ranged from $8.40 on March 1, 2016 to $11.58 on June 30, 2016.

Through the first half...

Agronomists and growers need to be aware soil test levels for phosphorus and potassium are declining, as today’s high yields are drawing down more than is being supplied.

With the assistance and cooperation of numerous private and public soil testing laboratories, the International Plant Nutrition Institute (IPNI) periodically summarizes soil test levels in North America (NA). Soil tests indicate the relative capacity of soil to...

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