Crisp, clear fall days are perfect for splitting firewood, tilling the garden under and collecting soil samples to check fields for the soybean cyst nematode (SCN).
Since 2001 -- when soybean aphids were first detected in Ohio -- we have had aphid outbreaks every other year (i.e. in odd numbered years). But in 2014, soybean aphids could be easily found in most areas and, in a few fields, even reached economic threshold.
Iowa farmers are using cover crops for erosion control and soil nutrient and pest management in their fields. Are cover crops inadvertent hosts to soybean cyst nematodes?
Soybean podworm in soybean (09/08/14)
Syngenta recommends approach to manage SCN (09/05/14)
Soybean aphids make an unusual appearance (08/20/14)
Watch for mites in this dry weather (08/13/14)
Afternoon Comments 10/22
Traders cited profit-taking and hedge pressure for Wednesday’s bean drop. Talk of strong Chinese sales, a slow U.S. harvest and poor Brazilian conditions helped send the soy complex strongly higher this morning. Wire service sources cited bullish profit-taking and hedge pressure for the surprising reversal in bean and meal prices. Whatever the cause, the failed November bean push above its 40-day MA could spur aggressive technical selling. November soybean futures ended Wednesday 1.5 cents lower at $9.6275/bushel, while December soyoil climbed 0.38 cents to 32.14 cents/pound, and December soymeal slumped $4.9 to $338.0/ton.