With the improvement of soybean genetics and commodity prices, odds are farmers are producing more soybeans — and on better ground — than they did 10 years ago. This increased profit potential brings with it a new agronomic challenge related to crop rotation.
We don’t know what the insect pressure will be like later on yet this year. What we can do, however, is remind agronomists and crop consultants what we think are the most important insects for you to watch for in each of three key crops: corn, soybeans and wheat.
Now is a good time to start checking fields for soybean cyst nematodes (SCN) when scouting for other insect or disease problems. Cysts will develop on soybean roots about a month after the soybeans emerge.
Did flooding drown soybean cyst nematode? (07/10/14)
Should you expect soybean aphids this year? (06/30/14)
Japanese beetles emerge in Iowa (06/16/14)
New weevil gnawing at Arkansas soybeans (06/06/14)
Afternoon Comments 07/25
The soy complex turned mixed in late-week action. Strong export results and growing talk of August Corn Belt dryness boosted the soy complex at midweek. Thursday’s late technical setback persisted overnight, but the market stabilized as Friday passed. Traders may have reduced their exposure on both sides of the market, since weekend weather forecasts might spur a big move in either direction. August soybean futures gained 4.75 cents to $12.1225/bushel at Friday’s close, while November futures slid 1.25 cents to $10.835. August soyoil declined 0.15 cents to 36.09 cents/pound and August soymeal added $2.7 to $398.0/ton.