Agronomy Tip: Identify Compaction in Soybeans

Andrew Phillips, Channel Seedsman, recommends getting out into the fields and digging in to the soil to understand how compaction may be affecting your crops.

In soybeans, if the primary root (radicle) is short and underdeveloped, it may have suffered from compaction or cold and damp weather. Slice a section of the plant open, toward the roots, and look for a white, shiny interior. If the plant is tough to cut through and brown and woody inside, the plant has gone through stress in its development.

Even if your crop is suffering from compacted soil and a cold, wet season, Phillips says there is still hope. “The secondary roots will take over and help the plant grow healthily.”

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