Soybeans set their yield potential later in the development process than corn, according to Isaac Ferrie, Crop Tech Consulting agronomist, based in Heyworth, IL. That’s particularly good news this season for farmers across much of the country. It means the tough summer weather may not deliver as harsh a yield penalty in soybeans as it has in corn.
"The message is don’t give up on your soybeans yet," Ferrie encourages. "We could still see quite a bit of yield added in beans if we can get even some small showers over the next couple of weeks."
Ferrie delivered that message to farmers attending the Soybean College near Coldwater, Mich., this week. He explained that soybean yield is made up of three components: total number of pods, number of beans per pod and the weight per bean (seed size).
Listen here as Ferrie talks about the transitions soybeans undergo during the reproductive stages between R4 and R6, which include most of the 2012 U.S. soybean crop.
Thank you to the 2012 Soybean College sponsors:
BASF, Great Plains, MANA, Novazymes, SFP, USB