Reflect on 2015 soybean season for 2016 planning
In 2015, adverse weather conditions played a major role in soybean planting. Some parts of the central and eastern Corn Belt experienced an early planting window followed by a long wet period that kept many from finishing planting their soybeans in a timely manner in 2015. With the cool, wet conditions, sudden death syndrome (SDS) was a concern for many growers.
This year, experts at the University of Illinois recommend preparing for the following potential problems in soybeans:
- Adverse weather conditions
- Weed resistance
As 2016 planting approaches, take some time to reflect on last year’s growing season. Evaluating what positively or negatively affected soybean yields one year can help provide insight for the next year’s management plans and variety selections.
For 2016 planting, new NK® Soybeans S37-Z8 and S39-C4 brands perform extremely well in variable environments. They offer strong SDS resistance and very good standabilty, allowing for ease of harvest and maximizing yield potential. In 2015, NK Soybeans S37-Z8 brand out-yielded Asgrow® varieties by an average of 1.7 bushels per acre (bu/A) in 394 trials and out-yielded Pioneer® varieties by an average of 2 bu/A in 315 trials in Illinois, Indiana and Ohio. Similarly, NK Soybeans S39-C4 brand out-yielded Asgrow varieties by an average of 3.1 bu/A in 312 trials and out-yielded Pioneer varieties by an average of 3.3 bu/A in 239 trials in the Illinois, Indiana and Ohio, as well.
The 2016 portfolio of performance-class NK Soybeans comprises varieties ranging from very early Relative Maturity (RM) 0.0009 to late RM 7.6. Developed through the award-winning Y.E.S. Yield Engineering System™, NK Soybean varieties offer elite genetics to cover a wide array of agronomic concerns, for full realization of yield potential. Proven yield performance aligned with regionally focused defensive packages elevates the potential for a successful 2016 growing season.
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