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Maximizing Yields in a Soybean Surge

February 23, 2017

Continued low corn prices are causing many growers to plant more soybeans this season. While a potentially profitable transition, Syngenta agronomists are reminding growers to adjust their management plans accordingly – whether they’re rotating their fields from corn to soybeans, or planting continuous soybean acres.

If you’re rotating fields from corn to soybeans:

  • Select the right varieties: As growers are making last-minute seed decisions, they should be selective about which varieties they plant in which fields. The ability to properly match varieties to field conditions can make a difference all season long.
  • Start from the ground up: Paying attention to the soil can pay off. Use a soybean inoculant to increase the presence of soil bacteria rhizobia, which can help produce more nodulation and increase yield potential. Fields that have gone long periods without soybeans or that have non-optimal soil pH are often ideal candidates for applying a soybean inoculant.

If you’re planting continuous soybean acres:

  • Switch varieties from year to year: It’s important for growers to avoid planting the same soybean variety in the same field multiple years in a row. Ignore this recommendation, and growers run the risk of developing disease resistance in their fields.
  • Seek out varieties with strong genetics: Soybean-on-soybean fields are much more susceptible to diseases and pests such as Phytophthora root rot, Sclerotinia white mold and soybean cyst nematodes (SCN). Selecting a soybean variety with strong disease tolerance and resistance to SCN can help maximize yield potential.

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