Are You Planting at the Right Depth?
Soybean farmers need to be careful about how deep they plant their seeds this growing season because, if not, they may see delayed emergence or even decreased yields, according to the Michigan State University (MSU) Extension. MSU researchers say that generally, soybeans should be planted at shallower depths, between 1 and 1.5 inches deep, under the following conditions: Early planting High-residue conditions Fine-textured soils Moist soils MSU researchers say that farmers should plant deeper, closer to 2 inches, in sandy soils as well as under these ...
As planters and farms grow, some farmers are moving away from narrow rows, but research shows return per acre can be maximized by planting rows narrower than 30 inches. That was one conclusion of a recent soy checkoff-funded study that ...Read More
As herbicide-resistant weeds continue to threaten U.S. soybean yields, many researchers continue to look for ways to help farmers fight back, including Vince Davis, Ph.D., at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. In a recent “Focus on Soybeans”webcast, Davis outlined recommendations for ...Read More
Be on the lookout for kudzu bugs this spring, especially on early-planted soybeans, which are more susceptible to this pest. Luckily, insecticides can kill this species to minimize yield loss, but the key is timing. Relatively new to the United States, ...Read More
The mapping of the soybean genome, an effort that was supported financially by the soy checkoff, has accelerated the breeding of soybeans that will yield better, contain higher levels of protein and overcome a multitude of pests, diseases and environmental ...Read More
“Just because it has never happened does not mean it couldn't.” That statement by Chip Petrea, researcher in agriculture safety and health at the University of Illinois, may seem obvious. But with planting season speeding up, it’s worth remembering. Petrea recently shared some ...Read More
Steve Dixon – Tennessee "We have to deal with a lot of glyphosate-resistant marestail. The plan is to use a burndown treatment about 30 days before planting. We’ll hit it again right at or before planting. One thing we’re doing different now is ...Read More
No-till provides many valuable benefits, including reduced soil erosion, better soil tilth and increased soil moisture. However, the excess residue that results creates a favorable habitat for slugs, a pest that can cause stand loss. Slugs got you down? Ron Hammond, Ph.D., ...Read More
This spring, as you prepare your equipment and secure inputs, don’t forget to plan your battle strategy against weeds. Farmers around the country will fight weeds again this year, as they always have. However, weeds around the country have started fighting ...Read More
When outside temperatures begin to rise, soybean farmers may be tempted to pull out their planters early. University research shows that early planting can indeed increase yield. Planting too early, though, can bring risk that could negate yield-increasing potential. Take ...Read More