Growers are learning more and more about cover crops as their prevalence grows, but with so many variables impacting which cover crops may be the most beneficial, it can be difficult to sort through the possibilities.
Soybean cyst nematode (SCN) can wreak havoc on a soybean field, causing yield losses as high as 75 percent, and costing millions of dollars in lost commodity. The parasite infects the roots of soybean plants, suppressing root and plant growth. And once found in a field, SCN is nearly impossible to eliminate.
Weeds are more than unsightly plants in a field. They're thieves. They rob soil moisture and nutrients from the competing crop and decrease harvest efficiencies.
Have you ever seen a soybean field where aphids infested some areas more than others? There’s a good chance the pattern might follow potassium (K) availability. Research conducted around ten years ago in Wisconsin and Michigan studied this phenomenon in detail.