All Posts from 2016

The Indian Creek Watershed Project is an innovative approach to voluntary adoption of on-farm conservation systems. Chad Watts, executive director with the Conservation Technology Information Center; Sarah Church, Ph.D., postdoctoral research associate at Purdue University; and Ursula Mahl, senior research technician with the University of Notre Dame, provided an overview of the project, what made the project a success and water-quality...

Barley is not just for making beer, it is also an excellent cover crop to put in your mix.

Why are we hearing more about barley? I can’t always speak to why the industry sees momentum in one species or another from year to year or from region to region (I hope it’s mostly an agronomic decision), but I can tell you that barley is a small grain whose usage could see a slight uptick.

Here’re a few reminders of the selling...

A recent survey by USDA National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS) shows Illinois farmers continue to embrace Best Management Practices tied to the Nutrient Loss Reduction Strategy (NLRS).

The survey questions covered nutrient management strategies, cover crops, edge-of-field practices, use of soil tests, erosion management and knowledge of certain NLRS components. Farmers were asked to respond based on crop years 2011, which was...

When it comes to planting soybeans, moisture and soil conditions matter.

Soybean seeds require more water to germinate than corn and must imbibe (absorb) half of their weight in water before they germinate. That is a lot of water. Corn, on the other hand, can germinate by only absorbing a quarter to a third of its weight in water. Soybeans will imbibe two to five times their weight in water while corn only imbibes 1.5 to two times its...

Last week’s announcement by the EPA to register Dicamba formulations for use on Dicamba Tolerant Crops has the soybean world abuzz and for once that buzz isn’t about pollinators! Many of my weed scientist colleagues across the country will be discussing best management practices (BMP’s) for introducing this technology into our...

Certified Crop Advisers who still need Continuing Education Units should visit http://ilsoyadvisor.com/tools/#tab-ccas, where we include an archived list of all previous ISA/ILSoyAdvisor.com webinars, organized by type of credit.

These checkoff-funded webinars are available anytime, no matter where you are—they’re even viewable on mobile devices.

Just tune in, then log...

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