All Posts from January 2018

This past month the Illinois Soybean Association hosted its annual Soybean Summit in Springfield, Illinois with an amazing turnout. During such events, it can become overwhelming to take in and understand all the information that was presented. I tend to find myself reviewing complicated information for several months after learning about it, and ultimately trying to determine how to implement needed changes before I forget about it all...

How do you manage a weed that is such a prolific seed producer?

I’ve received quite a few phone calls regarding this question lately. In fact, the question of seed production and the weed seed bank raised enough interest that I created a table to examine how to manage the amount of seed a waterhemp produces. The table is included below, and you are welcome to...

On January 11, Springfield, Illinois became the capitol of soybean knowledge and expertise. The ILSoyAdvisor Soybean Summit provided Illinois soybean growers with a centralized hub of information to start off the new growing season on the right foot. From field agronomists, to university researchers, to fellow farmers the day was packed full of expert soybean advice. Here’s a birds-eye view of the topics discussed throughout the day:

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Caption: Pigweed-infested soybean field

In the fight against resistant corn and soybean weeds, one of the best ways to combat herbicide resistance and maximize yield potential is to diversify your weed management program. Herbicide rotation...

This year growers can plant Roundup Ready® Beans, Xtend® beans with the Roundup Ready and dicamba traits, and LibertyLink® soybeans. Mixing and matching these traits across your farm will be important when developing a sustainable strategy for controlling herbicide resistant and tolerant weeds like marestail, waterhemp, Palmer amaranth and ragweed species.

But how do varieties with these new traits...

ISA-supported field day highlights best soil and water quality practices and partnerships

Thanks to the Illinois Nutrient Loss Reduction Strategy (NLRS) released in 2015, more federal and private-industry grant dollars are flowing into local watershed efforts. The goal is to help farmers consider the benefits of adopting new voluntary Best Management Practices (BMPs).

A prime example is the Upper Macoupin Creek Watershed new...

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