Entries by shawn conley spconley@wisc.edu

Wisconsin Soybean Marketing Board Announces Changes to the 2017 Free Nematode Testing Program

Four out of every five animals on earth today is a nematode so it is not surprising that agricultural fields are home to many nematode species. Fortunately, most nematodes are beneficial to crop growth and soil health because their activities help decompose crop residues and cycle nitrogen and other nutrients. Pest nematodes do not threaten […]

New Traits Don’t Automatically Translate to Highest Yield!

Last weeks announcement by the EPA to register Dicamba formulations for use on Dicamba Tolerant Crops has the soybean world abuzz and for once that buzz isn’t about pollinators! Many of my weed scientist colleagues across the country will be discussing best management practices (BMP’s) for introducing this technology into our agricultural landscape and will […]

Small Grains Harvest and Combine Fires

From John Shutske:Professor & Extension Specialist; Biological Systems Engineering It looks like wheat harvest is rolling in parts of the state.   I saw a post from a friend in New Glarus saying they’d started late yesterday. Just a quick reminder on combine fire prevention and protection —  “Protection,” because SOME machines will burn regardless of […]

Small Grains Harvest and Combine Fires

From John Shutske:Professor & Extension Specialist; Biological Systems Engineering It looks like wheat harvest is rolling in parts of the state.   I saw a post from a friend in New Glarus saying they’d started late yesterday. Just a quick reminder on combine fire prevention and protection —  “Protection,” because SOME machines will burn regardless of […]

Soybean Planting Date and Maturity Group Considerations for 2016.

Authored by Adam Gaspar and Shawn P. Conley Early May planting in Wisconsin has been documented to increase yield due to increased light interception (Gaspar and Conley, 2015).  In theory, earlier planting can potentially intercept greater amounts of solar radiation due to a longer growing season and therefore longer maturity group (MG) soybean varieties may […]