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What's happening with soybeans

Agriculture.com Staff 05/15/2006 @ 1:05pm

The status of the 2006 U.S. soybean crop hinges on where you're at, point out members of our High Yield Team expert panel.

"It's looking pretty good in Iowa," says Palle Pedersen, Iowa State University Extension soybean specialist. Wet May conditions have caused some areas of Iowa to be planted later than recommended. If seedbed conditions are good, Pedersen recommends planting can begin in the bottom two-thirds of Iowa on April 25 and May 1 in northern Iowa.

Much soybean seeding preceded rainfall across much of Ohio at the end of last week, reports Jim Beuerlein, Ohio State University Extension agronomist.

Wayne Pedersen, retired University of Illinois Extension research plant pathologist, adds with corn planting nearly wrapped up around the Urbana/Champaign area in east-central Illinois, soybean planting is commencing despite wet conditions. As of last week, corn planting was nearly wrapped up in that area, but only about 25-30% of soybean had been planted.

Upper Midwest farmers, such as those in southern Minnesota, are also battling wet conditions. "It's been pretty wet," says Mark Bernard, a New Richland, Minnesota, crop consultant. Approximately 50-60% of the soybeans are planted in his immediate area.

An area that's a shining star in timely planting is the South, reports Larry Heatherly, retired research agronomist, USDA-ARS soybean research unit, Stoneville, Mississippi. The Early Soybean Production System (ESPS) that he pioneered stresses planting in April using early-maturing, short-stature varieties in narrow rows. ESPS allows growers to dodge late-summer droughts that are common in the Mississippi River Delta.

"Mississippi had 88% of its crop planted by May 1," says Heatherly. "That's phenomenal, and I think it bodes well for the area."

The status of the 2006 U.S. soybean crop hinges on where you're at, point out members of our High Yield Team expert panel.

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