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Sponsored: 2-Year Average: 30 lbs. of N Provide $32.06/A Additional Revenue
In this study, Beck's Practical Farm Research (PFR)® team set out to test the effects of applying nitrogen (N) to soybeans.
Soybeans nodulate and fix their own N and should not require supplimental N. Over the course of this study, we have seen positive yield results but not consistent positive returns on investment (ROI). That being said, 30 pounds of N over the past two years have provided us with an average of $32.06/A in additional revenue. One hypothesis is that preplant applications of N could perform the best in years where early-season stress delays nodulation, allowing the soybean to continue growing. This adds additional nodes, thereby, closing rows sooner and capturing maximum sunlight. Dry conditions or compacted soil could limit the ability of nodules to provide optimum N during seed fill, thereby, making reproductive stage applications profitable. At this time, our results are not fully understood. We will continue to evaluate N applications on soybeans to better understand long-term trends.
Beck’s Hybrids PFR program conducts more than 100 different studies across multiple locations (700+ acres) to learn how different management practices and new technologies perform in field environments. Simply put, it is research focused with the farmer in mind.
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