Variety selection is just one of the six key elements in a top soybean crop, according to University of Illinois researchers Fred Below and Jason Haegele. Their Six Secrets of Soybean Success are:

  • weather, which can be mitigated by enhanced emergence, strong root development and disease control
  • fertility, including nitrogen, phosphorus, sulfur and zinc
  • full-season varieties
  • foliar protection from insects and fungal pathogens
  • seed treatment protection, including a fungicide, insecticide and nematicide
  • 20-inch row spacing