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tools & resources

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resources

Looking for advice on a specific topic? Browse the topics listed below for guides, research, recommendations, and more.

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Early Planted Soybeans

2022 Planting and Herbicide Timing with Dr. Aaron Hager, University of Illinois

Better Bean Yields with Dr. Stephen Long, University of Illinois

Seed Treatments with Travis Albin, Illini Seed Sales

High Oleic Marketing with Bryan Stobaugh, Missouri Soybean Merchandising Council

Soybean Biologicals with Dr. Connor Sible, University of Illinois

Management of Soy Planting Dates with Dr. Connor Sible, University of Illinois

Conservation Habitat Addendum

When it comes to conservation, it can be difficult to make sure landowners and tenants are on the same page. The University of Illinois FarmDoc team has developed a conservation habitat addendum template that can become a part of your lease renewal discussions to implement more sustainable practices.

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Nutrient Management Addendum

When it comes to conservation, it can be difficult to make sure landowners and tenants are on the same page. The University of Illinois FarmDoc team has developed a nutrient management addendum template that can become a part of your lease renewal discussions to implement more sustainable practices.

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Soil Health & Conservation Addendum

When it comes to conservation, it can be difficult to make sure landowners and tenants are on the same page. The University of Illinois FarmDoc team has developed a soil health and conservation addendum template that can become a part of your lease renewal discussions to implement more sustainable practices.

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Cover Crop Selector Tool

The Cover Crop Decision Tools are an initiative by the Midwest Cover Crop Council (MCCC) to consolidate cover crop information by state to help farmers make cover crop selections at the county level.

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Try One Thing

The Illinois Statewide Nutrient Loss Reduction Strategy (NLRS) is designed to improve Illinois water quality and the quality of water leaving the state. We strongly support the use of voluntary, incentive-based programs focused on the implementation of best management practices (BMPs) to address nutrient losses from Illinois farm fields.

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Illinois Sustainable Ag Partnership

ISA partners with ISAP to increase technical capacity of ag professionals and to utilize data and consistent messaging to encourage the adoption of in-field and edge-of-field practices to reduce nutrient loss, while minimizing risk and increasing profits of the farmer.

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Precision Conservation Management

The goal of PCM is to integrate conservation practices and financial data to help farmers understand how specific management changes can impact both their environmental impact and their bottom line.

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Illinois Nutrient Loss Reduction Strategy

The Illinois Nutrient Loss Reduction Strategy guides state efforts to improve water quality at home and downstream by reducing nitrogen and phosphorus levels in our lakes, streams, and rivers. The strategy lays out a comprehensive suite of best management practices for reducing nutrient loads from wastewater treatment plants and urban and agricultural runoff.

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What You Should Know About No-Till Planters

For no-tillers, the planter is the most crucial piece of equipment on their farm. This article will take you through the basic components of a no-till planter and provide you with tips for no-till planter maintenance from experienced pros in the industry.

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MCCC Cover Crop Decision Tools

The Midwest Cover Crop Council (MCCC) Cover Crop Decision Tools are web-based systems to assist farmers in selecting cover crops to include in field crop and vegetable rotations.

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Carbon to Nitrogen Ratios in Cropping Systems

Carbon to Nitrogen ratio (C:N) is a ratio of the mass of carbon to the mass of nitrogen in a substance. Understanding carbon to nitrogen ratios of crop residues and other material applied to the soil is important to manage soil cover and crop nutrient cycling.

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Illinois Agronomy Handbook

The Illinois Agronomy Handbook provides in-depth information on important topics and is updated regularly to include the most recent information and research. Chapters are available for free download at this link.

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Corn Nitrogen Rate Calculator

This website provides a process to calculate economic return to N application with different nitrogen and corn prices and to find profitable N rates directly from recent N rate research data. The method used follows a regional approach for determining corn N rate guidelines that is implemented in several Corn Belt states.

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Carbon & Data Guidebook

ILSoyAdvisor’s Carbon & Data Guidebook covers the basics of emerging carbon and ecosystem programs, their farm data needs, and how you can better postion your farm operation for any program or precision ag initiative.

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Applied Research Results

Every year, University of Illinois entomologists and plant pathologists conduct a variety of field experiments to evaluate control methods, survey for invasive and established pests, and inform management decisions for plant diseases and insect pests.

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Insect Images

Being able to correctly identify insects in your fields is important for making IPM decisions.

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Soybean Cyst Nematode Coalition

Managing SCN involves more than just planting an SCN-resistant variety. You need to know your numbers. Get state-specific soil testing recommendations.

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Double Crop Production Guide

Double-cropping soybeans after wheat is a common rotation in Southern Illinois, along the Ohio River, down the Mississippi Delta and along the Atlantic Coast.

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Prevent Plant for Soybean Growers

Seven things to consider with prevent plant.

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Profitability Facts

Seven things to consider with prevent plant. Boost profitability in times of low prices. Financial tips to stay resilient in any year.

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Six Secrets of Soybean Success

Six secrets of soybean success based on five years of research.

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Soybean Production Guide

The opportunity to increase soybean yields is at the fingertips of every soybean farmer in Illinois. It begins with understanding the needs of the soybean, the environment it prefers, adopting the best agronomic practices and stacking technology to optimize yield.

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Treated Seed Stewardship for Handling Spills

Spills of treated seeds can be a potential threat to birds and other wildlife—if not cleaned up.  Don’t let small spills become big problems—let’s get serious about covering up seed spillage!

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Try One Thing

What will you add to your strategy to reduce nutrient loss on your farm?

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