All Posts from 2019

Will precisely singulating soybean seed down to 1-inch plant-to-plant spacing improve pod count and potential? Several agronomists, including me, think this could be true even though there is no data yet on this question.

 

Corn planting is all about seed singulation and precisely placing...

This article originally appeared in the University of Illinois the Bulletin.

Average Illinois soybean yield first exceeded 50 bushels per acre in 2004, when it was 50.5 bushels. It was 51.5 bushels in 2010, and 50 bushels in 2013. Over the five years beginning in 2014, it was 56, 56, 59, 58, and, in 2018, an astonishing 65 bushels per acre. Yield in each of the past five years was above trendline, which is a first—the longest...

The Illinois Soybean Association has been sponsoring the Illinois Yield Challenge since 2010. During the last 9 years, growers have challenged themselves to produce high soybean yields and yield results have steadily increased from highs in the 60s to highs in the 80s and 90s, with some entrants breaking 100 bushels. This webinar will look back at the history of the Yield Challenge, what we have learned, tips on how to improve your yield and...

I have said that starters may be the next edge to growing high-yield soybeans after adopting early planting. Most starter trials show little yield response, but those trials were conducted with soybeans planted in May and often after May 10 or 15. Today soybeans are being planted 20 to 30 days earlier and the results may prove to be different.

 

A question recently came in from a grower...

Understanding and practicing good soil health improves soil quality and productivity, is better for the environment and can lead to more sustainable crop productivity. The nutrient cycle is slightly different in a healthy soil versus one that does not have the same characteristics. For example, a long term no-till/cover crop system will have better soil health characteristics than a conventionally tilled field without cover crops. Listen in...

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