All Posts from July 2017

When scouting fields in July, look for these symptoms. They may be big problems or really no problems at all.

As we move further in the growing season and start scouting soybean fields we may see symptoms of disease, insect infestation or environmental conditions. Some are easily recognized while others can be confused with something else. Some symptoms are more uncommon and not seen every year.

Below is a guide of soybean...

 So, what happens to soybean plants that are stressed during the summer?

The 2017 season has been stressful and July looks to be warmer and drier than normal. First it was wet and cold early this spring, which prevented planting or stressed emerging soybean seedlings. When they finally got planted it turned dry and hot.

Soybean development is behind and plants are smaller than they normally would be by now. However, they are...

Soybean plants have the ability to form a symbiotic relationship with nitrogen-fixing Rhizobia bacteria, which cause the small swellings on the root system called nodules. The soybean plants are developing rapidly and nodules will start to form shortly after plant emergence. If the plant is around 6 inches tall with the first or second true leaves (trifoliolate leaves) unfolded, nodules will start to actively fix Nitrogen (N) gas...

Combining strategies will produce higher soybean yields.

Obtaining higher soybean yields is a great goal. However, the true challenge is doing it sustainably and profitably, year after year and beyond. Think of each soybean plant as a factory. As with any factory, it’s all about how efficiently the factory produces an output and overcomes its potential limiting factors.

When evaluating a soybean plant or “soybean seed factory,”...

What makes a good formulation for foliar feeding soybeans?

There has been a lot of interest in foliar feeding soybeans since the runup in soybean prices a decade ago. Growers have appreciated that the technology has increased soybean yields and are a bit reluctant to go back to the old ways of not investing in soybeans. However, there is no single perfect product out there. With multiple brands and products, and many look-alike...

“No-till, no yield.” Ask any farmer who uses no-till in his management system, and he’ll probably tell you that one of his conventional-till neighbors has uttered this phrase when asked why he doesn’t try no-till.

The fact is: When it comes to raising soybeans, no-till certainly has no yield issues.

The editors of No-Till Farmer have annually asked their...

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