All Posts from November 2019

Let’s take a trip back in time to 6th grade science – and class, today we’re going to review the Periodic Table of Elements. Comprised of both naturally occurring and man-made elements, this list currently has 118 elements. Seventeen of these are essential nutrients, or elements, for all plant life on earth. 
 
An “essential element” is required by the plant to successfully complete the vegetative and reproductive...

The agricultural industry spends a lot of time contemplating which “silver bullets” or “golden inputs” should be used in soybean production. As an industry, we are notorious for tweaking the system —but we often forget how important it is to first embrace the fundamentals of soybean production.

The past few growing seasons remind us of the “first steps” toward strong yields and management considerations that should be embraced before...

BLOOMINGTON, Ill.— Nov. 18, 2019 — Know an experienced Certified Crop Adviser (CCA) with a passion for soybean management? Nominate them for the annual Soybean Master Adviser award, presented by the Illinois Soybean Association (ISA) checkoff program. The award is part of ISA’s effort to recognize CCAs for contributions to Illinois soybean production.

Any Illinois CCA whose certification is active and who is interested and involved in...

The 2019 growing season has brought several challenges to Illinois soybean producers. With harvest complete or almost finished, it’s time to take a step back and evaluate what we have learned about soybean production in 2019 and more broadly from the last few years. During this presentation we will discuss planting dates and populations, selecting R.M, row spacing, weed control and seed treatments. This information will be useful as growers...

As the 2019 calendar year comes to an end, in many soybean regions, Illinois harvest still has a way to go. The below chart was sourced from the Nov. 10, 2019 USDA report and it shows harvest progress for Illinois and the surrounding states. In some fields, soybeans aren’t drying much, and with the cold front we’ve been experiencing, there’s little to no hope that additional moisture will be pulled out of the crop.  A lot of growers are...

This article was originally published in the November issue of Soy Perspectives magazine.

The 2019 soybean harvest is a memorable one. Millions fewer bushels will be harvested by U.S. farmers following weather woes. But high stock numbers and muted key export trade partners are keeping a tight lid on prices. And soybean stocks stored...

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