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Can these fields be fixed?

Ever have a field that drives you bonkers because you can't grow good soybeans on it? Or maybe you have one field that would be perfect if only for (you fill in the blank).

That is what the personal challenge regarding the High Yield Team is all about. Over 1,100 farmers who have joined the Team aim to raise yields on the soybean field they've enrolled. It's part of a program in which Successful Farming magazine has partnered with the AgriEdge Soybean Program from Syngenta to boost soybean yields.

During the 2006 growing season, fields selected by Steve Houzenga, Blooming Prairie, Minnesota, and John Fredrickson, Gowrie, Iowa, will be followed. Two members of the High Yield Team expert panel will assess the fields during the growing season and give recommendations and their ideas for field improvement.

Mark Bernard, a New Richland, Minnesota, crop consultant, will be paired with Houzenga; Palle Pedersen, an Iowa State University Extension agronomist, will be paired with Fredrickson.

During the summer, you'll find field reports here on the High Yield Team Web site. After the growing season, you'll read follow-up stories.

Ever have a field that drives you bonkers because you can't grow good soybeans on it? Or maybe you have one field that would be perfect if only for (you fill in the blank).

Houzenga enrolled a 42-acre field last planted to soybeans in 2003. That year was a tough one for soybeans where Houzenga farms in south-central Minnesota. The area had a late-summer drought and soybean aphids. That troublesome duo dealt Houzenga a 20-bushel-an-acre field average.

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