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  • Webinar July 24: Soil Biology and Building Resilience
    In this webinar, presenter Kristine Nichols, will discuss crop diversity including perennials and annuals as well as cover and companion crops, reduced soil disturbance, and managed grazing to increase profitability by maximizing nutrient and water use efficiencies and improving nutritive quality.
  • Are Your Soybeans Stressed?
    The wet spring weather caused planting problems for Illinois growers. If you were lucky enough to soybeans planted, how much stress is your crop experiencing? In this podcast, CCA Soy Envoy, Todd Thumma talks about corn and soybean stress and what strategies should be used to help your crops overcome it.
  • What's Causing Yellowing in Soybeans?
    One doesn’t have to drive too many miles on country roads to find a field of beans that is not as deep green as we would like to see. This may be a neighbor’s field, or it may be your own. Either way, you may be wondering what would cause the beans to look unhealthy. CCA Soy Envoy, Jason Carr, examines what may be causing the beans to appear yellowed.

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  • SOIL HEALTH IDEAS
    Doubling Down on Double-Crop
    David Droste and his family utilize double-crop soybeans, cover crops and no-till practices to help preserve nutrients and soil. Wheat also plays an important role in crop rotation and soil health.
  • SOIL HEALTH IDEAS
    Cover Crops and Conservation
    Tom Kentner and his family use cover crops on their 1,200 acre corn and soybean farm to solve soil erosion and nutrient loss issues. Soil and tissue testing also help ensure that they’re treating their soil and crops right.
  • SOIL HEALTH IDEAS
    Testing Tech
    On Doug Schroeder’s farm, technology plays a large part in nutrient and water management. Water control structures work with tile drainage to improve water conservation and nutrient runoff. Variable rate technology is also used to apply the precise amount of nutrients where and when they are needed.
  • SOIL HEALTH IDEAS
    SHOWCASE FARMER: JIM MARTIN
    The farmer. Jim Martin farms about 440 acres of corn and soybeans near Wenona, Ill. Nearly half of that land has been in the family since his German ancestors homesteaded the area five generations earlier. He attributes the quality of the soils on the farm to his family’s care for the soil across generations. “As a family, we have a commitment to preserving the high-quality soils we farm.”
  • SOIL HEALTH IDEAS
    SHOWCASE FARMER: KYLE WINKELMANN
    The farmer. Kyle Winkelmann and his wife, ISA director Carrie Winkelmann, produce corn and soybeans on a 2,000 acre family farm near Talulla, Ill.

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