In today’s above trend commodity prices, farmers are looking for those extra inputs that will help increase yield or provide a positive ROI to include in their season long crop management plans. One area that is receiving more interest is the biological market. ‘Biologicals’ is an umbrella term that can be broken down into two subgroups: biologicals and biostimulants. The true biological products contain living organisms – think “bugs in a jug” – while biostimulants are derivatives from plants or animals and come in the form of plant extracts, proteins, or amino acids. These both have a range of applications, some may help with increasing nutrient use efficiency while others enhance seed weight. Timing is crucial when making biological applications and label requirements need to be followed. Farmers should work with a trusted agronomic advisor to see what biological or biostimulant product will work best with their management plan and how to best apply it.
Kamman of Momence, Ill., is a Certified Crop Adviser and Market Development Specialist for Winfield United. In her role at Winfield United, she advises retail sellers on the best agronomic practices to maximize yield and ROI through data-backed seed, crop nutrient, and crop protection products. Kamman earned a Bachelor of Science in agronomy and a Master of Science with an emphasis on soybean production from Purdue University. Kamman resides with her husband and daughter where they farm corn, soybeans, and wheat on a fourth-generation family farm.
The Illinois Soybean Association (ISA) checkoff and membership programs represent more than 43,000 soybean farmers in Illinois. The checkoff funds market development, soybean production and government relations efforts, while the membership program, Illinois Soybean Growers (ISG) and the Illinois Soybean Growers PAC actively advocates for positive and impactful legislation for farmers at local, state and national levels. ISA upholds the interests of Illinois soybean farmers through promotion, advocacy, research and education with the vision of becoming a trusted partner of Illinois soybean farmers to ensure their profitability now and for future generations.