All Posts from August 2017

Biologicals are a valuable tool today in preventing Sudden Death Syndrome (SDS).

“SDS and white mold are two significant fungal diseases in soybean production in the U.S., affecting 40 to 50 million acres in the north-central region.  Yield losses can be as high as 50 percent in fields having severe infestation.  Outbreaks of the two diseases occur in seasons with different temperatures.  Therefore, these two...

Summer will be quickly turning to fall and the cool weather this month has slowed crop development and given it a break from the heat and stress of July. Nevertheless, harvest is just around the corner. Evaluating the condition of this year’s crop is important for establishing a solid baseline for next year’s crop.

Plan on walking all your fields and collecting stand counts. Remember, yield is always...

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

This season we are facing some tough weed challenges in Illinois. In my blog last month I reviewed the weed control struggles I have been seeing this season. I have since had the opportunity to evaluate herbicide applications...

This article was originally posted by the Purdue Cooperative Extension.

  • Numbers vary considerably from field to field.
  • Recent cooler temperatures favored aphid development.
  • Treatment threshold and application guidelines given below.

Soybean aphids have begun to...

There may be a new enemy for Illinois soybean farmers—and a stinky situation at that.

Join CCA Soy Envoy Stephanie Porter in this latest podcast to learn about the pest to watch for this August—the stink bug.

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Soybean aphids are still a risk, but outbreaks seem to be increasingly rare.

Where did all the aphid pressure go? Ten years ago, we all would be on the lookout, scouting and probably spraying. But today, outbreaks are localized and infrequent. While we can’t lower our defenses, it is remarkable that they have become a minor risk.

Aphids have been around for over 15 years. I remember the first meeting I attended on this “new”...

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