All Posts from 2020

The first week of the Agribusiness Management Program (AMP) Summer Webinar Series featured Jackson Takach and Zack Carpenter from Farmer Mac. Farmer Mac is a mission-based organization committed to building a vital rural America by providing credit and other financial services. In their roles at the organization over the years, Takach and Carpenter have identified six common threads that are the difference makers in creating successful farm...

Illinois Sustainable Ag Partnership (ISAP) is hosting a risk management webinar series this summer. Recaps of the presentations and a link to the full presentations will be provided here after each webinar. 
The June 25 webinar focused on incorporating no-till cover crops into your soil health management system. LaSalle County farmer Carl Zimmerman shared his experience in getting started on no-till cover crops and how these practices...

Cody Pettit, CCA Soy Envoy and Pioneer field agronomist, joins the podcast this week to discuss soybean growth stages and how to protect pod fill during crucial time periods. We take a look at soybean growth stages, how to identify which growth stage your plant is in, and common pests and diseases that could negatively impact your soybean pod fill and ultimately yield. Listen to learn more.

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As agronomists or producers, it’s our responsibility to understand how to properly manage a soybean crop for a given field’s conditions each season. Our goal should be to reduce as much stress to the soybean plant as we can, ultimately creating the right hormone balance. However, there are always situations that cause issues and for this we must continue to learn and develop on-farm trials to better understand how we should react when faced...
We know what happens when soybeans are planted in dry conditions, they simply cannot germinate. That has not been the case this past spring, but now we are looking at some hot weather in the forecast. This year’s planting conditions made for a slow start on soybeans and they are relatively shorter than what we are used too, so how will soybeans respond? 
 
Until recently we did not receive a lot of moisture in many...
I’m sure several people have seen ground applicators, planes and helicopters spraying fungicides on corn and soybean fields across Illinois. Usually the next few questions are typically, “I wonder why they are spraying?” “Should I be spraying?” “How much ROI could I get from this investment?”
 
For many years’ fungicides have been promoted in production agriculture incorrectly. They do not increase yield by five,...

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