In-Season Soybean Management
- Foliar fungicides and insecticides are 2 commonly used in-season management tools for protecting yield in soybean.
- Nitrogen (N) fertilizer is seldom used in soybean production; however, given the high N requirement of the crop and increasing yields, N availability could limit production.
- Determine whether in-season applications of foliar fungicide + insecticide or N fertilizer can consistently increase soybean yield.
||Small plot experiments
||16 per location
||5 locations over 2 years in IL
In-Season Management Treatments:
- Foliar fungicide + insecticide
- N fertilizer (80 lbs N/acre)
Locations (By Year): Princeton 2011 (P11), Champaign 2011 (C11), Mascoutah 2011 (M11), Princeton 2012 (P12) and Belleville 2012 (B12).
Foliar (Fol): A foliar fungicide and insecticide were applied simultaneously at labeled rates during early pod development (R3).
Nitrogen (N): 80 lb N per acre as ESN (polymer coated urea) was surface applied at full flower (R2).
- Yields were generally high at all locations; Princeton was the highest, averaging 85 and 72 bu/acre in 2012 and 2011, respectively.
- Mascoutah, Belleville and Champaign all averaged 62 bu/acre.
- Yield increases from foliar fungicide + insecticide or N treatments ranged from 0.8 to 3.7 bu/acre.
- Yield increases with N fertilizer were significant at all 5 site-years (p < 0.10).
- 2 of the 5 site-years had significant yield increases with foliar fungicide + insecticide.
- 4 of the 5 site-years had a greater average yield response to N fertilizer than fungicide + insecticide.
|Soybean yield increase with foliar fungicide + insecticide (Fol) or N fertilizer at
5 IL site-years in 2011 and 2012. Asterisks indicate a significant (p < 0.10)
2012 data are based on average of all comparisons made in 5 locations through Nov. 21, 2012. Multi-year and multi-location is a better predictor of future performance. Do not use these or any other data from a limited number of trials as a significant factor in product selection. Product responses are variable and subject to a variety of environmental, disease and pest pressures. Individual results may vary.