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)
Morning Comments 10/24
The soy complex is leading the other crops higher. Thursday’s news reminded the ag industry that demand for beans and meal has been extremely strong in 2014, with the weekly export sales total doubling forecasts. The fact that it broke out above its pivotal 40-day moving average after having seemed to fail in doing so Wednesday exaggerated the advance. That seemingly bodes well for short-term prospects (although resistance at 50-day MAs may be an obstacle). November soybean futures surged 5.0 cents to $9.9825/bushel in early Friday action, while December soyoil skidded 0.01 cents to 32.66 cents/pound, and December soymeal climbed $5.7 to $358.1/ton.