Entries by david

Straight Talk about Tariffs

  With the news of tariffs and the possibility of a trade war with China, Badgerbean reached out to get an expert view from Brenda Boetel, UW – River Falls Professor and Department Chair of Agricultural Economics. Tariffs are concerning for agriculture in general, according to Boetel. They can cause both short and long term […]

Chairman’s Mark a Welcome Sign for Farm Bill

The American Soybean Association (ASA), which members of the Wisconsin Soybean Association belong to as part of your membership privileges, hailed the award of the ‘Chairman’s mark’ of the farm bill by House Agriculture Committee Chairman Michael Conway of Texas. (A Chairman’s mark is a proposal put forward by the Chairman in committee consideration at the […]

Crop Insurance, Tariffs Worry WI Soy Farmers

04.04.18 Update. Today China proposed a 25% tariff on 106 products, including soybeans. The Chinese tariffs are not immediate but will be phased in as U.S. tariffs come on line. This suggests the possibility of continuing negotiations between China and the United States. ——————— In several recent news releases (see here and here), the American […]

Ryan Nell Experiments With Very Early Planting

Nell of Beaver Dam, Wisconsin recently planted 4.5 acres of soybeans on a field that was corn silage last fall, then drilled cereal rye in early October and strip tilled a week later. On March 23, Nell planted 2.4 maturity beans at 2 to 2.5 inches in perfect conditions and a soil temperature of 51 […]

Grower Resource: Managing 2016 Soy for Optimal Winter Wheat

(This article was originally published on coolbeans.com. You can read it here.) Winter wheat acres across WI have declined over the past few years due to high corn and soybean prices and late grain harvests, however current economic realities suggest an opportunity for increased wheat acres moving forward. As farmers get ready to kick off […]

Grower Resource: Sooner Is Best But There’s More to Consider

Planting sooner is best for higher yields. But depending on where your farm is located, there’s much more to consider. Our studies confirm that early May planting in Wisconsin increases yield (Gaspar and Conley, 2015). Why? In theory, a longer growing season means plants can intercept greater amounts of solar radiation. So longer maturity group (MG) soybean varieties […]

Grower Alert: Soybean Replant App Ends the Guesswork

A new Soybean Replant App for iPhones and Android devices helps growers make a data-driven decision to replant or stick with the current crop. The app calculates plant stand (population) by averaging five plant count samples taken randomly within a soybean field during the VC, V1 or V2 growth stage. The app then provides expected yield percent at […]

Grower Resource: Assessing Winter Wheat and Spring Nitrogen Timing

Assessing Winter Wheat and Spring Nitrogen Timing: It’s that time of year. As the snow begins to melt and we finally put the 2015/16 winter behind us, many growers and consultants alike are beginning to venture out to their winter wheat fields to assess winter injury and spring nitrogen timing. Though it is a bit […]

Grower Resource: Dr. Shawn Conley

I’m Dr. Shawn Conley. My focus is helping growers improve crop management techniques to boost yields and economic return for soybeans and small grain crops. I do a good deal of my work with growers in the field, by text (or email) and on the phone as a State Extension Specialist for soybeans and small grains. Another […]

Grower Request: Data on Yield Gap Needed

Currently, soybean crops in Wisconsin can fall up to 50 bushels per acre short of their genetic and environmental potential—what we call a “Yield Gap.” The shortfall adds up quickly. On a 1000 acre farm, that totals 50,000 bushels of missed opportunity. Trouble is, we don’t know what is causing the Yield Gap. Weather certainly can […]