Estimating Soybean Yields

As the end of the season draws near we’ve gotten some questions about estimating soybean yields. For some, this is because their crop looks good and they are excited to see what their yields may be, while for others this is because they are prepping themselves for disappointment, as weeks of dry weather have taken…

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Pest Week is Here

USB’s Take Action program is hosting PEST Week (or Pest Elimination Strategy & Tactics Week) this week, July 15-21. The focus is promoting on best management strategies and raising awareness of the looming threat of pesticide resistance. Make sure to follow on Twitter at @TakeActionWeeds or on Facebook during #PESTweek and turn your pest practices…

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Synthetic Auxin Fact Sheet

Need more information on best management practices for the use of synthetic auxin herbicides? CLICK HERE for USB’s newly updated Synthetic Auxin Fact Sheet. For additional resources on synthetic auxin stewardship, click on the names of products below: 2,4-D Enlist™ Weed Control System Dicamba Engenia® Herbicide FeXapan™ Herbicide Plus VaporGrip® Technology XtendiMax® Herbicide with VaporGrip®…

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Early Season Scouting

Scouting is critical to helping make management decisions that will ultimately increase profitability. Early rounds of scouting should look for emergence, stand and uniformity, early seedling diseases and weeds. Scouting often is essential to catching early season problems. We’ve been lucky to have pretty good planting weather thus far this season and for many NC…

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Non-Foliar Yield Enhancements

Last week we tackled foliar yield enhancements so this week we’re changing gears just slightly and tackling non-foliar yield products. Various non-foliar yield enhancement products are available to North Carolina soybean producers. Profit margins are currently narrow for soybeans and much thought should go into the potential yield advantages and associated costs from the use…

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The Seven Year Cycle of Herbicide Resistance

The problem with herbicide resistant weeds continues to grow, but replacing one herbicide chemistry with the next won’t win the resistance battle, says Bob Scott, weed specialist with University of Arkansas Extension. For many years, farmers have used various chemical control products for weed management, but over time weeds have developed resistance to the products.…

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Foliar Yield Enhancements

One question we get often is about products that claim to improve soybean yields and profits. NC soybean farmers are presented with a variety of products that claim to boost their yields and the NC Soybean Producers Association has worked with NCSU Extension to evaluate these products over the last 6 years. The goal of…

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Managing Early Maturing Soybeans in NC

Growers across North Carolina are becoming increasingly interested in producing earlier maturing soybean varieties (III and IV). These soybean maturity groups typically have an indeterminate growth habit, which allows simultaneous vegetative and reproductive growth over several weeks which is different than the determinate growth habit of most of the soybeans we produce in North Carolina…

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2019 Herbicide Classification Chart

Want more information about herbicides and herbicide premixes to easily see what their mode of action is? CLICK HERE for an updated herbicide classification chart grouped by modes of action. This will help with maintaining greater diversity in herbicide use and rotating effective herbicides with different sites of action to delay the development of herbicide…

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Seeding Rate

Seed is one of the most expensive inputs for soybean growers, so it’s essential to plant the right amount of seed to minimize input costs while still maintaining high yields, especially in years like this year where prices are low, and margins are tight. Numerous seeding rate studies carried out across the U.S. suggest that…

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Yield Contest Changes in 2019

The North Carolina Soybean Yield Contest has a long history of recognizing top producers in the state and sharing information about which Best Management Practices may help other growers increase yields. This contest is sponsored by the North Carolina Soybean Producers Association but administered by NC State Soybean Extension. Traditionally there have been two categories…

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