soybeans http://wuis.org en Harsh Winter Freezing Out Some Crop-Devouring Pests http://wuis.org/post/harsh-winter-freezing-out-some-crop-devouring-pests <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Despite what they may be thinking now, Midwest grain farmers and backyard gardeners alike may be thankful for the recent arctic temperatures before 2014 is out.</span></p><p>That’s because soil that’s frozen solid from weeks of below average temperatures isn’t exactly a cozy spot for hibernating insects that <a href="http://www.insectforecast.com/">feed on crops</a> as soon as the spring thaw comes.</p> Wed, 12 Feb 2014 18:41:32 +0000 Peter Gray 18833 at http://wuis.org Harsh Winter Freezing Out Some Crop-Devouring Pests Planting Less Corn In 2014 http://wuis.org/post/planting-less-corn-2014 <p>Falling corn prices and questions about ethanol demand could lead Illinois farmers to plant fewer acres of corn this year. &nbsp;</p><p>Patrick Kirchhofer is manager of the Peoria County Farm Bureau. He tells the (Peoria) Journal Star that farmers are instead taking a closer look at soybeans this year. That's after several years of increasing corn production fueled by higher prices. &nbsp;</p> Fri, 10 Jan 2014 22:27:12 +0000 Associated Press 16702 at http://wuis.org Planting Less Corn In 2014 Illinois Led Nation In Soybean Yields In 2013 http://wuis.org/post/illinois-led-nation-soybean-yields-2013 <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">U.S. farmers harvested more corn in 2013 than in 2012, while the soybean harvest declined slightly, according to USDA reports released Friday.&nbsp;</span></p> Fri, 10 Jan 2014 22:05:53 +0000 Peter Gray & Jeremy Bernfeld 16700 at http://wuis.org Illinois Led Nation In Soybean Yields In 2013 Study: Cover Crops Can Ward Off Soybean Diseases http://wuis.org/post/study-cover-crops-can-ward-soybean-diseases <p style="margin-bottom: 20px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; outline: 0px; vertical-align: baseline; font-family: 'PT Sans', sans-serif;">Midwest farmers who rely on healthy soybean harvests have one more reason to consider adding cereal rye into their crop rotation in 2014.</p> Wed, 08 Jan 2014 23:10:00 +0000 Peter Gray 16550 at http://wuis.org Study: Cover Crops Can Ward Off Soybean Diseases Soybean Breakthroughs Coming On Strong http://wuis.org/post/soybean-breakthroughs-coming-strong <div class="field field-name-body field-type-text-with-summary field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even"><p>The U.S. Department of Agriculture <a href="http://usda01.library.cornell.edu/usda/current/wasde/wasde-07-11-2013.pdf">predicts the nation’s farmers </a>will deliver a record 3.42 billion bushels of soybeans this year. The <a href="http://www.ers.usda.gov/topics/crops/soybeans-oil-crops.aspx#.Ue7Vz42shcY">USDA is also forecasting</a> that this year for the first time Brazil will overtake the United States as the world’s leading producer of soybeans. Thu, 08 Aug 2013 23:22:15 +0000 Abbie Fentress Swanson 7008 at http://wuis.org Soybean Breakthroughs Coming On Strong