Share Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest By Pamela SmithDTN Progressive Farmer Crops Technology EditorThrow a crop-production question at Brad and Jacob Wade, and it can quickly escalate into a debate.When asked to rank the top things that determine soybean yield success, Jacob immediately countered: “Volume yield or economic yield?”“Are they the same thing?” his father, Brad, challenged. That comment lights the fuse. Suddenly, the two are bantering back and forth about every aspect of the soybean-production system and what equates to yield — and to Jacob’s point — profitability?The Wades, who farm near McLean, Illinois, nearly always come to a hearty consensus.“We do this a lot,” Brad said. “We’re always asking questions.”“We’re always looking for the next thing to push us to the next level,” Jacob added.Some would say yields come naturally in this part of the soybean belt. McLean County, Illinois (where the town of McLean is also located), led the state and nation in total production of corn (71.9 million bushels) and soybeans (21.5 mb) in 2018. In fairness, it is the largest county in the state, but yields tend to consistently rock here, too.During the last few years, the Wades have seen soybean yields grow consistently, with field averages hitting the 70-bushel-per-acre mark in 2016, 80-bushel beans in 2017 and several fields hitting 90 to 100 bpa in 2018.The father and son agree nature did a lot to push those yields higher, particularly in 2018. “Last year convinced some farmers that they could grow a lot of soybeans without really trying,” Brad said. “This 2019 season may set the record straight.”Soybean farmers are finding ways to boost revenues despite market and trade challenges. This story is the sixth and last in a six-part series, More Green From Beans. The series looked at ways soybean farmers are finding ways to answer trade challenges by boosting revenues through switching up agronomics and finding new markets.NO ONE RECIPEWhen the first soybean yield kings started adding to the soybean yield ledgers, other farmers clamored for their recipes. They still do, said Jerry Cox, Delta, Missouri, a perennial yield contest winner in soybeans and corn.“Foliar feeding, fungicide and timely insecticides are important ingredients, but it’s not as much the recipe as it is timeliness of application and reading the crop,” Cox said.His irrigated entry won the Missouri Soybean Association’s yield top honors in 2017 with 101.17 bpa using a planted population of 110,000 plants per acre. He has continued to reduce populations on high-fertility fields to promote branching, going as low as 75,000 plants per acre on his 2019 plot. However, it’s important to check germination rate on the seed planted before dropping that low, he pointed out.“My best yields seem to come in years when the plant had some sort of stress very early that it fought back from,” Cox added. “If I’ve learned anything over the past 35 years of trying to push the yield envelope, it is that the soybean has something of a mind of its own.”In other words, no matter what road map you chart with inputs and practices, weather can be an overriding factor. Plenty of sunshine before the summer solstice coupled with moderate nighttime temperatures and well-timed rains (or irrigation) tend to bring big bushels, these farmers agree.TRIAL AND SUCCESSStill, everyone knows of neighboring fields that failed to pump out the same number of pods and beans within, despite near-equal soil and weather. To that point, Wade Farms planted nearly 400 acres of replicated soybean trials this year to direct their own farm decisions and to share with local farmers through the seed sales side of their business.Beyond inputs, row widths and populations, they are testing to see if mechanical practices such as singulation and planter pressures matter to soybeans. “The tools we now have to measure and track incremental changes in the crop are going to really change soybean production in coming years,” Jacob said.How to interpret the wacky 2019 season is still a question though. The Wades planted some soybeans as early as March 27 into 33 degree Fahrenheit soil temperature and didn’t see a lot of plant growth until late May. A head-scratcher came when they found a few June-planted fields were averaging 21 to 22 nodes per plant, several more than the early-planted soybeans, which still had more pods.“We know in a typical year that early planting results in more nodes. More nodes equate to more pods and more production,” Jacob said. “I’d say we have 10% less nodes this year overall because we just didn’t get the heat units.”Listening and studying the practices of yield contest winners inspired the Wades to become serious about in-field testing for both efficacy and profitability. “We’ve learned that simply comparing one field to another doesn’t tell us much, especially when that field changes every hundred feet,” Brad said. “Without replicated trials, you can easily misinterpret that something is working or not working.”Digital health imagery helps them track changes in the field, and not everything turns out as expected, Jacob noted. Fuller maturity soybeans, 3.9 relative maturity (RM), have been abandoned on the farm, for example. “They just weren’t performing for us,” he said, explaining that their plots now run from 2.8 RM to 3.7 RM.“We now know that each soybean variety has a personality, and in a way, it needs to be planted and cared for. We tend to understand and make those adjustments in corn, but beans are making breakthroughs,” he said.SIX STEPS TO SOYBEAN SUCCESS:There’s no one way to pump up soybean yields. Brad and Jacob Wade like to look at the soybean decisions as a system. Beyond weather or environment, here are six steps they take to drive yields in central Illinois:1. Genetics: Disease and other defensive resistance needs are weighed along with overall yield potential.2. Early planting: Focus on planting in April to increase node number and number of pods.3. Seed treatment: Early planting increases the need to protect against early-season fungal infections, insects and sudden death syndrome (SDS).4. Crop safety: Preemergence herbicide programs are a must for good weed control, but they select herbicide active ingredients and additives to avoid injury that can come if early planting is followed by cold, wet weather.5. Late-season fungicide/insecticide: The top third of a plant absorbs most of the sunlight. R3 and/or R5 application of fungicide and insecticides are used to protect leaves through seed-fill.6. On-farm research: Prove concepts/products work on your own farm before switching to a new strategy. Replicate and record findings.Pamela Smith can be reached at email@example.comFollow her on Twitter @PamSmithDTN(ES/AG)© Copyright 2019 DTN/The Progressive Farmer. All rights reserved.
The Uttar Pradesh police have arrested 20 people on charges of murder and rioting after communal violence rocked Naseerpur village in Muzaffarnagar on Monday. One person was killed and over a dozen were injured in the violence that was triggered by a petty fight over overflowing water from a sewage line. The Naseerpur violence is the second such incident in less than a week in the district. On Saturday, hundreds of agitated villagers of Sherpur clashed with the police and burnt their vehicles after rumours of cow slaughter spread in the area.Twenty-two-year-old Akash died of a gun shot injury in the Naseerpur violence. Three hundred people have been booked. According to the police, Iqbal was on his way to the local mosque on Monday when he got into an argument with one Brijpal over an over flowing drain. The issue was sorted out in the afternoon at a meeting of the village elders, who persuaded them to arrive at a compromise. But by the evening, the issue flared up again and led to a violent clash in which people attacked each other with firearms and stones. Brijpal and his son Akash were injured in the firing. Akash succumbed to his injuries on the way to the hospital.Village head arrestedThe police arrested the Naseerpur village head, Sabir on Thursday after he was named in an FIR filed by Brijpal. Sabir, however, told The Hindu that he had nothing to do with the clash. “I had organised a panchayat, where the village elders brought about a compromise between Iqbal and Brijpal. But the same evening, they started fighting once again,” he said. Superintendent of Police (city) Muzaffrnafar Rakesh Kumar Singh told The Hindu that paramilitary forces and Provincial Armed Constabulary had been deployed in the village and the situation was “under control.” Many fledMany Muslim families have reportedly fled the area fearing retaliation after an angry mob, despite the police deployment, set the house of a person accused of firing at Akash. BJP leaders, including Union Minister and the local MP Sanjeev Baliyan, met the family of Akash on Wednesday. They also talked on the phone to Chief Minister Adityanath, who they said had agreed to ensure that the victim’s family was granted ₹20 lakh in compensation and a government job for one of its members.
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WildAid, the global nonprofit organization leading the fight to end the illegal wildlife trade, announced today that it will honor actresses Bryce Dallas Howard and Danai Gurira as this year’s Wildlife Champions at its annual fundraising gala on Nov. 10 at the Beverly Wilshire, A Four Seasons Hotel.Tickets and tables for the charitable evening celebrating progress in the protection of endangered species and marine habitats are available now. This year’s event will highlight WildAid’s successful collaboration with China to reduce the demand for illicit wildlife products, including China’s landmark decision to ban ivory in December 2017.With sponsors including Bentley Heritage, “An Evening in China” will feature musical entertainment by 16-time Grammy-award winner David Foster, as well as captivating performances from The Cirque. Guests will enjoy a vegetarian meal specially curated by celebrity Master Chef Martin Yan following a cocktail and hors d’oeuvres reception. Attendees will also participate in a silent auction and live appeal offering luxury items and once-in-a-lifetime experiences.Howard and Gurira recently partnered with WildAid to release PSAs in support of saving rhinos from poaching with the poignant and hard-hitting message that it is up to humans to protect them because “When the buying stops, the killing can too.”WildAid produces impactful, Hollywood-quality public service announcements for a fraction of the cost and distributes them to millions of viewers a week through extensive pro bono and earned media placements. In September, WildAid released a new report showing a dramatic decline in rhino horn prices (70 percent); and in recent years, shark fin consumption in China has gone down by 80 percent.WildAid works with high profile ambassadors including HRH Prince William, Lupita Nyong’o, Bryce Dallas Howard, Richard Branson, Danai Gurira, Bo Derek, Josh Duhamel, Jackie Chan, Yao Ming and many more.Past Gala Attendees include Josh Duhamel, Ian Somerhalder, Nikki Reed, Yao Ming, Fergie, Maggie Q, Dylan McDermott, Chevy Chase, Jared Leto, John Corbett, Bo Derek, Michael Cudlitz, Larry King, Hayden Panettiere and others.Find out more about the event here.
[dropcap]N[/dropcap]avan and Thurles this weekend and testing ground is forecast at both courses.Navan tweeted out earlier that the ground is heavy (modelled by yours truly) and the country would shut down before a meeting at Thurles was ever lost to the weather.I was out and about earlier today and although the roads remain dangerous the grass didn’t freeze. I can vouch for how bitterly cold it is though.Saturday’s thoughts below and as usual I’ll be back late Saturday afternoon with my views on Sunday’s racing.SaturdayNAVANSTOOSHIE 12.25pmDelighted to see him win his maiden hurdle in Down Royal on St Stephen’s Day and gain reward for being so consistent. He showed good battling qualities on heavy ground that day and will need more of the same here in what looks a much tougher race. Gordon’s (Elliott) Veneer Of Charm is out again quickly after finishing second to me on Mitchouka at Fairyhouse on Sunday. He gets all the allowances as a four-year-old and will get more vital experience in this. The JP owned pair Gran Geste and Spades Are Trumps were both narrow winners last time out and look progressive.ROUNDSTONE 1.00pmCame home clear in a point to point at Borris House when his main rival fell at the second last, he jumped well and looks a nice prospect. He’s a lovely big horse who is likely to need every yard of this – if not more in time and we’ll know much more about him today. Big danger might well be Antey who is stepping up in trip after a promising third on debut at Leopardstown over Christmas. Whatever Roundstone does today he is certainly one for the future.SWINGBRIDGE 2.10pmThis looks a wide open contest with 17 runners. My fella is stepping back in trip following his third over fences to Capture The Drama over 3m 1f at Fairyhouse on New Year’s Day. He never runs a bad race but has gradually crept up the weights and become a victim of his own success. However he does remain on a better mark over the smaller obstacles.CLARENCE HOUSE CHASE (3.35pm Ascot)No awards for originality here but I’m firmly with Un De Sceaux completing his hat-trick. This is a huge task for a novice and Brain Power made a couple of mistakes before unseating in the Henry VIII Novices’ Chase at Sandown. He’ll find it pretty tough stopping Un De Sceaux landing a hat-trick here.YOUR SAYALISTAIR MILROY: Was there a problem with Poker Party today (14 Jan) Davy? I just wondered why you did not ride it from about 3 out?DAVY: He got very tired and I think the combination of the step up trip and class was a shock to the system. I expect we may seem him next over a shorter distance.If you have a question for Davy drop us a line at firstname.lastname@example.org and we’ll try and include in the next blog…BET WITH STAR SPORTS 08000 521 321