Farming is a system and oftentimes the crop produced in farming is only as good as the yield limiting factor. Determining that yield limiting factor can be a challenge. In this video, Ben Wiegmann, Field Agronomist with Beck’s Hybrid’s, discusses what Beck’s Hybrids is testing in their Practical Farm Research program to help determine yield limiting factors within different management systems. The study is titled Soybean Success Strategies Omission plot, where they are testing the top 5 yield enhancing factors they have found throughout the years. These factors include planting date, planting population, row spacing, seed treatment, and fungicide applications at the R3 growth stage. Within this study they are adding and subtracting these factors to determine which combination is not only the highest yielding, but more importantly, most profitable. Stay tuned for the results this fall!
Wiegmann of Nashville Ill., is a Certified Crop Advisor as well as a Field Agronomist for Beck’s Hybrids in Southern Illinois. He specializes in advising farmers in agronomic practices, fertility, chemical and seed genetics to maximize yield potential and economic return on investment for farmers’ operations. Wiegmann holds a bachelor’s degree and a master’s degree in crop sciences from the University of Illinois.
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.