Category Archives: Crops

A Visual Guide to Soybean Growth Stages

Shawn Conley, State Soybean and Small Grains Specialist Understanding and being able to correctly identify the growth stages of soybean is important for making sound agronomic management decisions. This guide describes the growth stages starting with germination, progressing through the … Continue reading

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Wisconsin Fruit News- April 20, 2018

Janet van Zoeren and Christelle Guédot, UW-Extension https://go.wisc.edu/78qyte Welcome back! We’re excited for this third season of the Wisconsin Fruit Newsletter. Due to popular demand, items in the table of contents (on the left sidebar of the first page of the … Continue reading

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The Soybean Seeding Rate Conundrum

Shawn Conley, State Soybean and Small Grains Specialist In a bean-pod… Use a soybean seed treatment Plant less than 140,000 seeds in white mold areas Target a final stand of 100,000+ plants in productive fields Target a final stand of … Continue reading

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A Visual Guide to Winter Wheat Development and Growth Staging

Shawn Conley, State Soybean and Small Grains Specialist Understanding the growth stages of cereals crops and how to identify them is key to successful cropping and pest management decisions. Although there are several growth staging methods, this guide is based on … Continue reading

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Soybean Planting Date and Maturity Group Considerations

Shawn Conley, State Soybean and Small Grains Specialist Early May planting in Wisconsin has been documented to increase yield due to increased light interception (Gaspar and Conley, 2015). Earlier planting dates are able to increase light interception in two ways, … Continue reading

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Soybean Management Strategies to Facilitate Timely Winter Wheat Establishment in 2018

Shawn Conley, State Soybean and Small Grains Specialist Winter wheat acres across WI have declined over the past few years due to late grain harvests, disease concerns (FHB or scab) and poor wheat prices, however anyone that lives and works … Continue reading

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2018 Wisconsin Soybean Yield Contest

Shawn Conley, State Soybean and Small Grains Specialist The Wisconsin Soybean Association (WSA) Soybean Yield Contest is organized to encourage the development of new and innovative management practices that highlight the importance of using sound cultural practices in Wisconsin soybean … Continue reading

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Cover Crops Do’s & Don’t’s

Shawn Conley, State Soybean and Small Grains Specialist This article uncovers cover crop facts and myths about weed, insect, and disease management. We are roughly a month away from the start of soybean planting and for those of you that have … Continue reading

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The WSMB Free Soybean Cyst Nematode Testing Program

Shawn Conley, State Soybean and Small Grains Specialist  The WI Soybean Marketing Board (WSMB) sponsors free nematode testing to help producers stay ahead of the most important nematode pest of soybean, the soybean cyst nematode (SCN). Eggs of SCN persist … Continue reading

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Analysis of Farmer Field Data for Soybean

Shawn Conley, State Soybean and Small Grains Specialist Average crop yields will need to increase substantially during the next 33 years to meet expected food demand increase while avoiding massive expansion of cropland area (Alexandratos and Bruinsma, 2012; Grassini et … Continue reading

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