All Posts from April 2017

With frequent spates of warm weather this winter, it’s been an unusual wheat growing year.

Not long ago, growing wheat in southern Illinois seemed simple. Four major events marked the growing season: planting, nitrogen application sometime in January, another nitrogen application in late March or early April, and then harvest in late June or early July. As the saying goes, times were simpler then and the weather was more predictable....

It’s time to get up close and personal to know the super weeds invading your fields.

“Super weeds” are becoming increasingly more widespread within Illinois and many of us in the agriculture industry are quite aware of their presence. These weeds typically are resistant not only to glyphosate, but also to other herbicides, making them even more challenging. Some may be resistant to two, three or even four different chemistries. By...

Seeds can’t hold an infinite amount of coatings so choose smartly based on need.

If you’ve ever built a shed, you’ve likely spent countless hours figuring out how to make best use of the space. You want to be efficient and get the most bang for your buck with the available square footage. The same process applies to selecting seed treatments.

Often overlooked in seed coatings is what I like to refer as the “seed real estate.” If...

BLOOMINGTON, ILL.—April 4, 2017—Spring is here and that means planting is just around the corner. Soybean growers in Illinois are looking for an edge in production, and the Illinois Soybean Association (ISA) has the answer. Interested in testing new practices and comparing how they perform against other fields? Looking to break yield barriers and push pods to their full potential? The ISA Yield Challenge is the opportunity to...

Planting naked seed is increasingly uncommon as seed treatments become the new normal.

Many growers have witnessed the value of and return on investment from an effective seed treatment mix on soybeans. Seed treatments are often thought of as “insurance” for a seed investment. With it growers can plant earlier, and have more uniform plant stands, improved yield potential and fewer replants.

Research has shown that using seed...

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AgriGold central Illinois regional agronomist, Todd Steinacher, provides boots-on-the-ground insights to growers preparing for 2017 planting.

“Anytime we put seed into soil,...

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