All Posts from 2019

This article was originally published in Illinois Prairie Farmer. 

Estate Plan Edge: Different legal ways of holding assets can get terribly confusing. Make sure you get the full story before you create something.

The Farm Progress Show is always an enjoyable opportunity to visit with farmers about their goals and the planning they have done to accomplish those goals. I enjoy brainstorming with attendees who, I trust...

Cover crops are being widely promoted and slowly adopted. Farmers don’t doubt the benefits covers play in soil health, but often question the economic prospects of planting one and if there will be a return. 
 
Since cover crops are still the exception, here are seven reasons to plant cover crops.  
  1. Cover crops can help you implement a no-till system.
  2. Cover crops can help reduce erosion by...
Soil health is a popular topic today. Many entities including NRCS, universities, non-profits and private companies are promoting soil health and how to improve it. Growers are interested in the health of their soil, but worry that the cost of improving it will not generate a profit and may end up costing them money.
 
Dave Rahe, with RPM Soils and a 2019 CCA Soy Envoy, works as a soil scientist and is very...

Planning a trip to the Farm Progress Show Aug. 27 to Aug. 29? Be sure to stop by the Illinois Soybean Association (ISA) exhibit at lot #809, located in the northeast quadrant of the show on Eighth Progress Street.

ISA board members and staff will be on hand to discuss soybean checkoff programs, market research and advocacy efforts, as well as soybean production topics. And while you’re at the ISA exhibit, pick up an ice-cold water,...

Even though the 2019 season got a late start and seemed to drag on forever, we’re reaching the point in the season where things are finally wrapping up. Planting is complete, weed control is near finished and fungicide applications are being made as we speak. Now is the time of year we sit back and hope for August rains to make our soybean crop. And, we’re done having to make decisions on this year’s crop … or are we? The likely answer for...

Because of the dry weather pattern we are in, there has been some conversation across the countryside about two-spotted spider mites becoming our next challenge in this crazy 2019 growing season.  

Before we dive too far into this discussion, let’s spend a minute understanding this pest. Two-...

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