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2014 Northern Illinois Farm Show

2013 soybean yields

Posted by Russel Higgins - Soybeans

While much of the talk has been on the surprising yields from the 2013 corn crop, the corresponding soybean crop could easily be considered an overachiever as well. The northern Illinois crop survived late planting, a cool July, a dry stretch at early seed fill, and late maturity. Soybean harvest at the Northern Illinois Agronomy Research Center did not start until October. Despite the obstacles soybean yields were recorded in the upper 70's at our site.
The soybean trials conducted by Illinois Variety testing on the NIARC results were: Group 2 Roundup Ready (RR) soybean varieties averaged 69.6 bushel per acre and the Group 3 soybean varieties averaged 71.3 bushels per acre.

Visit the Illinois Variety Testing site to get a complete rundown on RR and conventional soybean yields in Illinois.

To learn more on Dr. Emerson Nafziger's perspective on the "Surprising 2013 Soybean Crop" visit the Illinois Bulletin.

We always encourage producers to carefully monitor their stored grain, today a farmer shared that when he loaded grain from on farm storage he was surprised to find snow in his bin. Now that the bitter cold has abated, checking your bins should be moved up on your things to do list.

Finally, thanks to Extension co-workers Lisa Valle and Judy Hodge and Master Gardeners Pat Brennen and Ken Andersen for joining me at the Northern Illinois Farm show and helping staff our Extension booth. We enjoyed visiting with those who stopped in!

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