All Posts from February 2017

Comparing the Liberty Link® to the Roundup Ready® System in soybeans—how do you know which to choose?

With the onset of resistant weeds such as marestail, waterhemp and Palmer amaranth in soybeans, many growers are looking to move from depending on the Roundup Ready system to a Liberty Link system. We need to take into consideration the differences between them and carefully consider which system will be best...

This article originally appeared on Illinois Farmer Today.

BLOOMINGTON, Ill. — While many Illinois farmers set personal-best records for corn and soybean yields in 2016, Robert Lakey and his son, Jason, officially had some of the best yields for...

Funded in part by the Illinois Soybean Association checkoff program, the 2017 Effingham ILSoyAdvisor.com Soybean Summit provided a thought-provoking lineup of expert speakers sharing the latest tools and technology along with actionable recommendations to boost yields and improve bottom lines.


Below are links to several of the presentations from the event.

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Last fall I wrote an article about using gypsum (calcium sulfate) to trap phosphorus on the landscape. And it is true that gypsum has a lot of affinity for phosphate since it’s soluble, and calcium and phosphate bind to form tricalcium phosphate. Any free calcium in the soil solution reacts immediately with phosphate in the soil solution to form tricalcium phosphate—a slowly soluble mineral that is not readily available to plants.

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Dr. Fred Below discusses years of research on “The Six Secrets of Soybean Success," a concept for producing high-yield soybeans which he evaluated each year from 2012 to 2016. Six Secrets demonstrates how growers can put technologies together for increasing soybean yields through intensive crop management. In addition,...

Phosphorus (P) also impacts water quality and is a common cause of hypoxia in surface water bodies. Phosphorus can be lost as soluble P in a water leachate or move off the landscape with soil particles and enter watersheds.

Phosphorus (P) Management:

Right Rate: Phosphorus rates for Illinois are based upon the “Soil Buildup and Maintenance” fertilization scheme. The Buildup is based on the inherent P-supplying...

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