Are you considering swapping your soybeans for an earlier maturity? Tap your brakes for now.


Published by Farmers Business Network on June 10th, 2019 7:07am.



Are you considering swapping your soybeans for an earlier maturity? Tap your brakes for now.

            
            

Let me make the most obvious statement first: When you swap from your normal variety to an earlier variety, you will lose yield potential and that can’t be made up. An example of this would be dropping from a 2.5 RM to a 1.5 RM. You chose the 2.5 RM for a reason—stick with your plan. There are many factors, other than the date on the calendar, to consider when swapping soybean seed maturities.

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How will my late-planted soybeans be impacted by fungal pathogens?

By LeRoy Toohey, Senior Staff Agronomist, June 6, 2019

Fungal disease may be elevated this year due to excessive soil moisture in late planted soybeans, especially seedlings. Generally, improving field drainage and loosening compacted areas when possible helps the soybean fight soil fungal pathogens. Proper seed treatments along with genetic resistance can be effective at suppressing many fungal diseases.

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How will my late-planted soybeans be impacted by insects?

By LeRoy Toohey, Senior Staff Agronomist, June 6, 2019

Planting this season has been tedious, and tough planting conditions can have a negative impact on yield. This is all the more reason to protect the crop from pests and make the most of every opportunity to maximize yields. In order to do this, we have to first understand that late-planted soybeans can have some significant insect concerns.

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Analyzing your farm’s yield, application and planting maps is a great place to start when evaluating performance on a given field or across your whole farm. Maps let you use your knowledge of a field to quickly find places for improvement. What can precision mapping do for your farm?

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