All Posts from July 2017

Managing soybean diseases starts with knowing what to look for locally.

In this latest podcast, Beck’s Hybrids agronomist Chad Kalaher talks about soybean diseases that are common in Illinois and how to employ proper fungicide management.

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Got your double-crop beans planted? What should you pay attention to next?

As we move into the middle of July now is the time to pay special attention to your double-crop soybeans. July often is a critical time in the life of a double-crop soybean because of many factors.  And some of those factors can play havoc, not only with your double-crop beans this year, but also with the corn crop planted next year on those same acres.

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Yield contests are an important way to challenge ourselves to do better and learn along the way.

The 2016 season set record soybean yields in the state with full season soybeans breaking 80- and even 90-bushel field averages. 2017 has clearly given us a completely different growing environment than 2016’s. That’s not a bad thing when it comes to yield contests and adds to the challenge of offsetting what Mother Nature throws our way....

Weeds are tough enough to control today. Throw in weather-related issues and it’s a recipe for disaster.

This is the year we can all learn from our experiences with so-called “resistant/tolerant weeds.”  I have been experimenting with many different combinations of chemicals to find the most effective suppression, because I do not think we will ever have full control of these most troublesome weeds. 

First and foremost, we need...

Nearly every new technology brings its own challenges and learning curve—and the first full season with dicamba-tolerant soybeans and approved over-the-top herbicide formulations is a reminder of that fact for farmers, researchers, ag retailers and farm organizations.

With the new dicamba-based herbicides under a two-year U.S. EPA label, and with weed management challenges growing every day, it’s essential for the industry to get this...

Will high soil test K levels protect against SDS or other diseases?  More is not always better. 

With nutrient deficiencies becoming more commonplace, we are often reminded of the need to keep adequate levels, as well as the correct application timing, of macronutrients and micronutrients to supply the proper nutrition needed for optimal performance of today’s higher yielding soybean varieties.

Dan Davidson recently reviewed...

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