As harvest comes to a close, growers need to start making plans for next year. One important decision is seed selection, and Syngenta and Ohio State University have some tips for making those decisions.
“We encourage growers to select several varieties that complement their growing environment and are specific to their field conditions,” said Doug Tigges, soybean genetics product manager at Syngenta. “No two fields are the same, and it is crucial that growers select high-yielding, resistant varieties that meet their fields’ needs so their crop can start strong.”
The following planting tips are recommended to break the yield barrier:
- Narrow row width and plant soybeans in 15-inch rows. Iowa State University studies show an average 4.5 bushels-per-acre yield advantage.
- Check planting depth so planter is set to plant seeds at the correct depth. According to Michigan State University, under most conditions soybeans should be planted at a depth of 1 to 1.5 inches.
- Test soil fertility at least every other year, to ensure fertility levels are maintained, as recommended by Iowa State University.
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