Give Short Soybeans Extra Attention at Harvest

October 10, 2012 12:56 AM

Focus on your combine header and groundspeed to keep crop loss to a minimum

If your soybean crop is comprised of unusually short plants this season as a result of the 2012 drought, take some extra precautions as you harvest, recommends Missy Bauer, Farm Journal associate field agronomist.

"Short beans are difficult to rake into the head, and they’re often podded lower to the ground, which makes them vulnerable to loss," Bauer says.

Yield losses can mount quickly. Just four soybean seeds on every square foot of ground across an acre will add up to a 1-bu.-per-acre loss, she adds.

In the following video, Bauer offers some practical harvest tips you can use to put more soybeans in your combine grain tank this fall.



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