All Posts from February 2017

The record-setting 2016 Illinois average soybean yield of 59 bushels/acre—up from 56 bushels/acre in 2014 and 2015—also gained ground on quality.

Although protein tends to fall with higher yield, Illinois average protein for the 2016 crop was 34.3 percent, up from 34.1 percent the previous year. That’s according to the annual U.S. soybean quality report released by the U.S. Soybean Export Council (USSEC). Oil content was down slightly...

Growers and agronomists know that soybeans are legumes and fix most of the nitrogen they need in the nodules they carry and support on the roots. The lesser known fact is that soybeans probably fix (capture) only enough nitrogen to produce 50 or 60 bushels, with the rest of the nitrogen coming from the soil.

Growers producing 80 bushel or 90 bushel beans, or even 100 bushels, know that they probably need to apply some nitrogen to get...

Editor’s Note: This summary was posted in the January 19 edition of the Wisconsin Crop Manager (Volume 24: No.1). The full article can be accessed here.

The commercial base (CB) and ILeVO (CB + fluopyram) seed treatments decreased risk and substantially increase profit across a wide range of seeding rates.

Yield response to seed...

Planting cover crops is the rage but don’t go into it without a little preparation.

Attend most any meeting this winter and one of the topics will include the use of cover crops. There is unprecedented interest in growing cover crops from a variety of promoters including government agencies, seed companies, aerial applicators—even equipment manufacturers want to talk to you about growing cover crops. Don’t farm naked!

Amid all...

Maybe in 2017 it’s time to take a hard look at using the LibertyLink® system to combat weed resistance and make it part of your herbicide rotation plan. Liberty® and LibertyLink crops are more relevant now than ever before. With a lot of resistant weeds, growers need a way to rotate away from glyphosate and use an additional solution for managing herbicide resistance.

LibertyLink soybeans first hit the market back...

Cover crops improve soil health and clean water, but do you ever wonder what they do for the bottom line? While many scientific studies have been done to quantify environmental benefits of cover crops, the same research does not exist regarding the economic benefits. With funding from USDA's Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education (SARE) program, Practical Farmers of Iowa and Iowa State University are trying to fill the gap. If you...

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