Archive for 2017

Fungicide Timing and Use in Production

Managing soybean diseases starts with knowing what to look for locally.

In this latest podcast, Beck’s Hybrids agronomist Chad Kalaher talks about soybean diseases that are common in Illinois and how to employ proper fungicide management.

In all of Illinois Septoria brown spot is tagged as the number 2 yield robber in soybeans. It progresses from the bottom of the plant and is a disease that soybean farmers should look out for. In addition, northern Illinois farmers should watch for white mold, while Southern Illinois farmers should watch for frogeye leaf spot.

It’s important to note that not all diseases come from fungi, but can instead be from bacteria and viruses. For example, soybean vein necrosis virus would not be controlled with a fungicide.

Kalaher notes that in choosing which fungicide to use, it’s important to be cognizant of rotating modes of action to avoid resistance.

“I liken it to herbicides,” Kalaher notes. “We need to use the proper chemistry.”

The timing and mixes of applications will depend on which diseases farmers are dealing with. If there are macro and micronutrient deficiencies, farmers may be able to address those at the same time as their fungicide application.

When it comes to foliar feeding, there are many great resources that focus on which nutrients plants can still utilize. Kalaher gives some resources that soybean farmers can use and who to contact if they are looking into this management tool.

Chad Kalaher is a CCA soy envoy for East Central Illinois. He is also an agronomist for Beck’s Hybrids. He has a bachelor’s degree in agronomy from the University of Illinois and a master’s degree in weed science from North Carolina State University. Podcast: Managing the 2017 Soybean Crop

It’s another record year for soybean acres planted, as 10 – 15 percent of planned corn acres were shifted to soybeans due to the spring weather conditions. This record doesn’t come without challenges, though. Many of those acres will need special attention throughout the growing season.

Agronomy sales specialist Dawn Kielsmeier talks late-planted soybeans and how to best manage this year’s crop for a successful growing season.

Kielsmeier estimates that 70 percent of soybeans in her growing area were planted later than normal. On top of late plants, due to the heavy May rainfall and June dryness many fields are showing uneven emergence and growing stages right now.

To make up for lost calendar time, the best thing to do is make sure there’s good weed and disease control, Kielsmeier says.

“We have to take care of what’s out there at this point,” says Kielsmeier.

This season, in-season management will be very important to make sure the crop that is planted can thrive as much as possible.

Dawn Kielsmeier is an agronomy sales specialist with Pearl City Elevator in Baileyville, Illinois. She has a bachelor’s degree in dairy science and a master’s degree in agronomy from the University of Illinois. Dawn has been a Certified Crop Advisor since 1993 and is one of this year’s ILSoyAdvisor CCA Soy Envoys. Podcast: ISA Trade and Market Development

As trade facilitator for the Illinois Soybean Association, Eric Woodie spends his days working to generate beneficial partnerships with stakeholders across trade, transportation, infrastructure and other industries to create changes that will positively impact Illinois soybean growers. With more than a decade of experience in export trade, foreign markets, and inland logistics, Woodie’s skillset was a perfect match for ISA.

“I handle the practical stuff,” says Woodie. “Aligning the right people to get projects going that ensure we’re getting soybeans into critical markets and working hard to minimize or remove any challenges for Illinois farmers.” Podcast: Habits of Highly Successful Farmers

In both good times and bad there are commonalities among the farmers who tend to be most profitable. Last year a study sponsored by ISA and the Illinois Soybean checkoff program explored the on-farm practices that led to healthier bottom lines. Gary Schnitkey, agriculture and consumer economics professor at the University of Illinois, and his team of researchers found that certain habits of the most successful farmers set them apart.

“The most resilient farmers are able to mitigate risks, make informed, cross-functional decisions and operate with lower overall costs than their peers,” says Schnitkey. Listen now to hear more on these fascinating findings. Podcast: How Do You Win in Tough Times?

It’s cliché, but the adage “tough times don’t last, but tough people do” holds more than a little truth. To help make sure your farm endures, Mike Boehlje, Ph.D., distinguished professor of agricultural economics at Purdue University, suggests developing standard operating procedures for more precise management, as well as additional advice to hone your business management skills—no matter what the economic future holds.

Listen now to hear Boehlje’s specific recommendations for managing costs, controlling what you can and positioning your operation for success and resiliency. podcasts are funded by the Illinois Soybean Association checkoff program.