Don’t Miss the USDA’s Upcoming Webinar October 10th

Mark your calendars for the USDA NRCS Soil Health Division’s webinar October 10th at 2:00pm titled Interseeding, Precision Planting and Management of Cover Crops in a Corn and Soybean Rotation. At the end of this webinar, participants will be able to develop a prescription for interseeding cover crops, understand the potential benefits of the practice, and describe situations where it will have the most potential for success. Click to register for the webinar.

Take the Illinois Soybean Association Survey to Showcase Efforts Made in Sustainable Production

The Illinois Soybean Association (ISA) is gathering survey results to demonstrate how American soybean farmers continue to improve economic, social and environmental stewardship practices. The survey assists ISA in: proving soybean sustainability success, helping non-farmers better understand farm realities, discovering ways that sustainable practices can improve financial results, and maintaining demand for your soybeans. Take this short survey to help ISA in their mission.

Study Finds Shallow Disk Injection of Manure Significantly Reduces Estrogen Concentrations from Runoff

A recently published study from Penn State’s College of Agricultural Sciences found dramatic reductions in estrogen concentrations from agricultural runoff by utilizing shallow disk injection for manure application versus traditional surface broadcast. Runoff containing high concentrations of estrogen poses a threat to wildlife and humans as the hormone acts as an endocrine disruptor which can cause adverse developmental, reproductive, neurological, and immune effects. Read the full article.

Cover Crop Seeding in Dry Conditions

Agronomists recommend seeding cover crops earlier (late summer versus after harvest) to create more biomass and uptake residual nutrients. With dry conditions, however, many farmers are weary of seeding cover crops at all. Iowa State University Extension field agronomists Angie Rieck-Hinz and Meaghan Anderson offer suggestions to help minimize risk when seeding in dry soil conditions. Read More