All Posts from March 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...

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...

In this webinar we go in-depth and learn more about how aggregates are an important part of a healthy soil. We’ll start with the basics of how aggregates form, what stabilizes them and how they naturally turnover with time. We’ll also talk about how to evaluate aggregation using a shovel in the field along with options for analyses in the lab. The benefits of stable aggregation are not just physical, but also biological. This is part of why...

There has been a lot, and I mean a lot, of buzz lately around lowering soybean populations. There are many studies showing soybeans planted at lower populations either meet or exceed yields of soybeans planted at higher populations. There are also growers who are achieving very high soybean yields describing how they planted at lower populations. Here are a few things to keep in mind if you are considering lowering your soybean planting...

2018 Master Adviser, Kevin Nelson, sat down with Shark Farmer Radio to talk about the honor of receiving the Master Adviser award, starting a new business, and traveling to Nicaragua on an agricultural mission to help improve management practices for farmers there.   

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