All Posts from September 2016

When making next year’s soybean variety decisions, know your fields, recognize potential disease issues, do your variety homework and optimize your agronomy to get the best yields possible.

Soybean variety selection is the first decision you make when planning soybean production for next season and that decision is usually made the summer and fall before. But this is a very hard decision to make. I have been an agronomist for a long...

If you are a double-cropper, the rotation all begins with the wheat you plant this fall, so it is important to do everything you can to get that crop off to a good start.

As the 2016 harvest approaches, remember that what you do at harvest will affect stand establishment in your winter wheat. As you prepare grain bins, auger wagons, trucks and the combine to harvest corn and beans, you also need to prepare the wheat drill to plant...

IOWA NUTRIENT TOUR REVEALS UNITED FRONT

Members of the Illinois farm community traveled to Iowa in August, as part of an Illinois Farm Bureau sponsored educational tour of Iowa's nutrient management techniques. Iowa has a two-year head start over Illinois on its Nutrient Reduction Strategy. Attendees learned about the cooperation between Iowa's state government and farmers. Read the full story on...

September is here and we are counting the days till soybean harvest. It will be a good harvest with above average yields. So, what will the yield be and when will harvest begin? It is probably fair to say that soybean yields will be above average even though parts of the state may have suffered some setbacks from too or not enough rain.

The Pro Farmer crop tour reported Illinois’ projected soybean yield at 58.5 bushels per acre. They...

Rachel Cook, Ph.D., North Carolina State University assistant professor/co-director of the Forest Productivity Cooperative, provides an in-depth explanation of conservation tillage practices. She covers the short-term and long-term benefits of conservation tillage methods. “Based on our 45-year study, doing no-till and adding your typical NPK nutrients is the only way you're going to increase your organic matter.”

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The 2016 InfoAg Conference, held in St. Louis in early August, brought together over 1700 participants from 20 different countries to learn about and discuss new ideas and technology for crop production. When we started these conferences 21 years ago, we didn’t anticipate where precision farming and information management would lead. What we dreamed about in 1995 was not even close to what we have developed...

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