Are Soybean Seed Treatments Worth the Investment?

Seed treatments are one of the fast-growing segments of crop production and protection today, with most of the seed treatment decisions made on soybean acres. However, deciding what seed treatments-if any-will be the most beneficial for a particular operation can be challenging. One reason deciding on treatments can be so difficult has to do with … More Are Soybean Seed Treatments Worth the Investment?

Popularity of Drought Tolerant Seed Corn Spreading Beyond the Cornbelt

Drought used to be an issue only for the arid western regions, but more and more, drought is impacting the entire Corn Belt and beyond. In light of this fact, many agricultural experts recommend that all farmers plant at least some of their acres to drought tolerant hybrids. One option is Artesian corn hybrids. The … More Popularity of Drought Tolerant Seed Corn Spreading Beyond the Cornbelt

When it Comes to Soybean Variety Selection, Information is the Key to Success

It would be nice if soybean varieties were ranked by how well they would perform in a particular field and farmers could simply choose the varieties that ranked the highest. Instead, the soybean variety selection process is much more complicated, especially when you consider that variety selection is a key component in pest management. Unfortunately, … More When it Comes to Soybean Variety Selection, Information is the Key to Success

The High Cost of Failing to Plant Certified Small Grain Seed

In an effort to save money on small grain seed costs, many farmers will reserve seed from an initial crop and use that reserved seed for the next few years. While there is no arguing that this will save money on annual seed costs, that is where the savings end. Annual seed costs are just … More The High Cost of Failing to Plant Certified Small Grain Seed

Careful Management Key to Reducing Risk of Planting Soybeans after Soybeans

Planting soybeans in fields that were planted to soybeans the previous year is not generally recommended. The best-case scenario for producers who do so is a yield loss of about 5 percent compared to soybeans planted after corn. In many cases, however, the yield loss for soybeans after soybeans can reach 20 percent or more. … More Careful Management Key to Reducing Risk of Planting Soybeans after Soybeans