As farmers worked hard in 2015 to produce crops, we worked hard to bring you the best stories and information to help you farm smarter, and be more profitable. From new farm equipment to mobile apps to use on the farm, soil fertility tips to land values and other tips to make harvest better, we've offered a plethora of information in our galleries this year. Here are the top galleries for 2015.
Controlling weeds in soybean fields this past summer was a challenge for most farmers across the Midwest, often due to untimely rain, and lots of it. Agronomists from WinField share what they saw in fields and talk about the challenges, and some successes, that soybean farmers had with weeds this year....More
The association lost $2,000 in the first year of publishing Soybean Digest, but they vowed to continue support of this valuable information for farmers. Check out these advertisements that we found from November 1940 to October 1941.
Specialty soybean varieties are one way to bring in extra revenue, but farmers want options that can yield competitively with their commodity soybeans. The soy checkoff continues to work with seed companies to bring competitive high oleic varieties to market in more maturity groups. These varieties make a difference for end-use customers and can stack up against top commodity varieties in the field....More
Alabama soybean grower Annie Dee is working with nature on her 2,500 acres. The United Soybean Board member has seen the benefit of beneficial insects in her own fields and is supplementing native populations with honeybees....More
Five fields on Wayne Fredericks’ farm took on a new look this year after he decided to retire small parcels in each of them to boost profitability and improve the environment. Although the retired areas are small – the largest is 3.2 acres and the smallest just under 3/4 of an acre – Fredericks says it makes sense to quit growing crops in these areas that lose money every year....More
To estimate yield, four soybean yield components need to be considered: plants per acre, pods per plant, seeds per pod, and seeds per pound (seed size). It can be difficult to accurately predict soybean yield because plant variability and fall weather conditions can influence seed size. Estimates become more accurate as the growing season progresses....More
In the 5 ag stories to read this week, get tips for treating soybean aphids this summer and learn about a new possibility for managing resistant weeds that comes from "down under." See the land value declines (and increases in some cases) across the U.S. in the latest USDA report and learn from northern farmers who strip-till. Finally, check out how ethanol was promoted at the annual Sturgis motorcycle rally.
Farmers should keep their eyes peeled for diseases while scouting soybean fields this summer. A disease already showing up and causing problems for some farmers is sudden death syndrome (SDS). Wet conditions and cool temperatures early on set up the season for SDS development....More
As you scout soybean fields for soybean aphid, also be on the lookout for other insect pests, including defoliators, insects that eat the leaves of plants. In soybean, there can be a diversity of defoliators, including various beetles, caterpillars and grasshoppers....More
Each season, farmers across the country face adverse weather conditions that impact the health and yield of their crops. These conditions can include drought, flooding, wind, thunderstorms and extreme temperatures.
Here are mobile apps to help you this growing season. From scouting weeds, insects, soybean aphids and more to calculating growing degree days, identifying weeds and getting help with integrated pest management, identifying nutrient deficiencies and calculating tank mixes, these apps offer easily accessible help while you're out in the field this summer.
In the 5 ag stories to read this week, experts remind you to be on the lookout for soybean aphids, and offer the best options for sidedressing nitrogen this summer. Read and watch testimony from the latest GMO labeling hearing, and check out a calendar for when to scout different corn pests. Finally, enjoy a list of ways you know you grew up in the country.
Nearly all of the planted corn has emerged, and conditions are still holding steady. Soybean planting is moving along, but has fallen behind average pace, along with emergence rates. Crop condition fell just slightly in the last week....More
Both traditional soybean oil and high-oleic soybean oil are poised for growth over the next five years, according to the latest outlook assessment by Soy Insights experts. However, this depends on how several key questions are resolved....More
If a farmer rolls soybeans, most like to roll their soybeans right after planting. However, this is not always possible. Sometimes it rains, keeping equipment out of the field, and before long, the soybeans have emerged. Here are tips for rolling emerged soybeans....More
What is the earliest possible way to detect stress or disease in your corn and soybean fields? Brian Sutton, a flying farmer from Lowell, Ind., takes their temperatures. The thermal cameras used in his AirScout service detects stress and disease in plants before they change color, when he still has time to take corrective action, he says....More
After an almost perfect planting season through late April and early May in most of the Upper Midwest, a few more crop challenges have occurred in the past couple of weeks. The biggest overall concern in the past couple of weeks has been the extended period of cool, cloudy weather, which has slowed plant growth, and caused some plant discoloration. The extended forecast appears to be more favorable from a temperature standpoint....More
In the 5 ag stories to read this week, learn about new soybean research resulting in plants resistant to soybean rust and SCN and get tips for getting the best performance from your sprayer. Read an ag job outlook and see the latest ag weather maps. Finally, connect with us on Facebook!
Competition from weeds up to 4 inches only minimally affected nutrient acquisition by soybeans, while competition from weeds 8 inches or taller negatively affected acquisition. Soybean yields and grain oil content were reduced....More
Kyle Brase has been double-cropping soybeans after wheat as long as he has been farming. The fifth-generation grower from Edwardsville, Ill., says it can be more profitable than growing corn. Dramatically lower commodity prices give the planting rotation better return potential than just planting corn or single-crop soybeans....More
In the 5 ag stories to read this week, read about applying nitrogen to soybeans and find a different way to evaluate your profits. Learn about the impact of Chinese corn imports, as well as marketing strategies in a high-risk environment. And last, you can now buy the Farmland movie on DVD.
Management, more than inputs, is still the key to higher soybean yields, according to the latest USB-funded university research. “You can’t buy higher yields; you still have to work for them,” says Seth Naeve, the University of Minnesota agronomist who led the intensive soybean yield research....More
In the 5 ag stories to read this week, get tips for preventing and managing soybean diseases this year. Watch videos from University of Illinois about profitability in agriculture and keep an eye out for a USDA survey. Read how one farmer's success with strip-till has led to more agronomic benefits, and check out a Facebook page dedicated to the love of farming.