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Farmers Should Reconsider Soybean Yield Potential

August 2, 2012
By: Margy Eckelkamp, Director of Content Development, Machinery Pete

Firm up the foundation of your soybean yield understanding.

"Farmers are often frustrated with their soybean yields, but if we want to achieve higher soybean yields, we should focus on how we alter or effect yield components," says Farm Journal Associate Field Agronomist Missy Bauer.

Bauer goes on to say that the three main components to soybean yield are: Pods per plant; Seeds per pod; and what do the seeds weigh.

"One thing we’ve done a good job of over the years in improving is the size of the soybean seed itself. This along can add 10 to 15 bu.," she says.

But the timeliness of farmer scouting may be one of the biggest barriers to bumping up soybeans yields.

"If we miss the boat on spraying for an insect, for example, the seed size could be reduced and yield will suffer."


Bauer presented on the yield components of soybeans at the 2012 Farm Journal Soybean College in Coldwater, Mich. This even attracted 200 farmers from 20 states.


See full coverage of this week's Corn College events at
Thank you to the 2012 Soybean College sponsors:

BASF, Great Plains, MANA, Novazymes, SFP, USB 



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