Bean yields got a boost in most areas of the country last season. Still, that 50 bushel per acre yield average has traditionally been hard to exceed for many growers.
Asgrow marketing manager Jerry DeVore says two years of yield results from Genuity Roundup Ready 2 Yield (RR2Y) soybeans have revealed a few lessons. “Just a few high-yield management agronomic practices can help maximize yield potential,” says DeVore. “Trials conducted across the Midwest and Mid-South showed the use of seed treatments, use of soil residuals and application of foliar insecticides and fungicides are really beneficial to increase yields.”
DeVore says the company saw average yield boosts of 7.4 bushel per acre for RR2Y soybeans and 4.2 bushel per acre increases when the same inputs were applied to Roundup Ready soybeans.
“A season long agronomic approach is the key to maximizing yield potential in soybeans,” he adds. Seed treatments provide protection at pre-emergence and residual herbicide applications can give the plant a better opportunity to establish a good stand and help maximize nutrient uptake. During pod and seed development, applications of insecticides and fungicides are an important tactic in limiting insect and disease impact on yield potential. A solid scouting program to watch for the presence of weeds, insects and diseases are still important.
Listen in as Jerry DeVore explains how a few high yield tips can impact yields: