Illinois: Five Reasons for Outstanding Soybean Yields in 2016
According to the IL Soy Advisor, full-season soybean, and double-crop soybean and corn yields performed outstandingly across Illinois in 2016. Several factors contributed to this, including:
- Ideal soil conditions last spring, and soybean planting/emergence during this time
- Temperatures and soil moisture conditions were nearly ideal all season long
- Potassium was available all season long
- Despite an overly cloudy period, soybeans continued to produce energy and transferred it into the seed
- Harvest was timely
Maintaining the 4 Rs of environmental stewardship (right source, right rate, right time and right place) can also help produce high-yielding soybeans while protecting profit and the environment at the same time.
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