All Posts from 2018

I recently attended the Farm Progress Tech Forum 2018, in Iowa City, Iowa. This event was designed to bring producers, academics and the industry to one location to share each other’s experiences. I think of this as a journey, because Digital Agriculture itself is a journey, not a defined destination. This journey will be different for everyone and everyone is at a different point in their journey. One of the speakers referenced building a...
Compaction limits root growth, soil porosity, water movement and water holding capacity, and causes water ponding. And everyone knows that soybeans don’t like wet feet. Growth will stall, and plants are vulnerable to root and stem rots. Unfortunately, compaction can be created quickly but it takes time to fully remediate a breakdown in soil structure so it’s better to prevent it from happening in the first place.
 
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Improving soil health is in vogue and many conferences have been held and stories written on soil health and how to achieve it. Of course, you can always monitor the upper rooting profile with a spade and see how dark, crumbly and aromatic the soil is.

Soil health is important, and it might just be the next factor you manage to increase yield. The Soil Health Institute (SHI) recently released Living Soil, a documentary about soil...

The long and drawn out harvest in Southern Illinois continues and will most likely have extended into December this year.  Full season and double-crop soybean yields have been above average for the most part. The two largest contributing factors to these higher than usual yields have been an earlier planting date and timely late August and September rains.

Wheat harvest occurred about a week earlier than normal this year. The months...

The 2018 soybean crop got off to a slow start due to winter like conditions in April, but once the crop was up and running it turned into one of the best soybean seasons we've had in Illinois, with a predicted record yield of 66 bushels per acre. Dr. Nafziger will try to sort out weather and management factors that might have contributed to this turnaround as we prepare for the 2019 season. To register click...

Originally published in The Bulletin.
Many soybean growers have had problems with lodging at harvest this year. The primary culprit for this (as for many of our woes this fall) was the extended period of unfavorable weather that we have suffered. However, in parts of southern Illinois damage by the dectes...

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