Agronomist encourages back-up plans for 2022 soybean inputs


Agronomist encourages back-up plans for 2022 soybean inputs

Kris Ehler speaks at the 2022 IL Soybean Summit

Supply chain disruptions are forcing soybean farmers to change up management plans for the 2022 growing season.

“You’ve got to have a plan B and plan C at this point. It is that dire.”

Kris Ehler, an agronomist with Ehler Brothers Company in east central Illinois tells Brownfield many farmers are being pushed to a different herbicide platform with more readily available ingredients.

“For example, on the Enlist side of things, that 2,4-D piece is not part of the supply chain issues so you know you have one component there, but what are the other pieces that you can put into that multi-mode of action application post applied.”

He says that lack of usual herbicide ingredients like glufosinate and glyphosate could threaten yields, so don’t shorten your crop in other areas.

“Dry fertilizers did get pretty pricey, but our soybean prices have held up as well, so I do not recommend backing off any nutrient applications for soybeans. We do not want to sell ourselves short when it comes to our yield goals.”

Brownfield interviewed Ehler at the 2022 Illinois Soybean Summit in Champaign Tuesday, where he was a keynote speaker.