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Preserving Potential Yield In Late-Planted Soybeans

A tractor is plowing up rows of barren land for future crops. The dirt is dry and dusty. Dust is kicked up by the tractor. A windmill farm is in the distance with rows of white windmills. Dry land is seen up to the horizon. The sky is bright blue with spotty clouds.

Soybean planting in Missouri remains ahead of average pace, but with about one in seven fields still not planted as of Monday, reduced yields are increasingly likely.  Bill Wiebold, University of Missouri Extension soybean specialist, says there are practices farmers can adopt to preserve as much yield as possible from late-planted beans.

Wiebold says another option is to increase the seeding rate.

MU Extension soybean specialist Bill Wiebold notes that farmers planting late need to stay within their maturity group, as with the amount of sunlight each day beginning to decrease, soybeans may end up growing at different rates.  That in turns raises the risk of the beans becoming susceptible to frost this fall.


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