Podcast: Soil Conditions Critical to Planting Success


AgriGold central Illinois regional agronomist, Todd Steinacher, provides boots-on-the-ground insights to growers preparing for 2017 planting.

“Anytime we put seed into soil, we really need to understand the conditions we’re putting it into and making it live through,” explains Steinacher.

Growers need to consider soil temperature, soil moisture, and tillage practices as they ready the planter this spring.

Be cautious of weather forecasts, “If we continue to see a cool, wet trend – don’t push it,” says Steinacher.

Less than ideal soil conditions could lead to bigger problems down the road. And Todd recommends growers consider agronomic solutions to offset those factors that are out of your hands. 

CCA Todd Steinacher is an agronomist at AgriGold. He works with growers to better manage their nitrogen and weed control needs, along with understanding the best way to estimate cost to generate a strong ROI.

Todd Steinacher
Steinacher is an ISA CCA Soy Envoy alum and currently supports ISA on agronomic content as well as serving as an Illinois CCA board member. Since 2015, he has been a regional agronomist with AgriGold in West Central Illinois. His previous experience includes 10 years as a sales agronomist in the GROWMARK-FS system. Steinacher has an associate degree from Lincoln Land Community College, a B.S. in agronomy and business from Western Illinois University and a master’s degree in crop science from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. If you have any questions for him about this article, he can be reached at



Add new comment

5 + 6 =
Solve this simple math problem and enter the result. E.g. for 1+3, enter 4.