Unlocking 100+ Bushel Soybeans

Yields have always been key to profit, and maximizing yields in 2022 is a low risk, high reward proposition. There are many in season management decisions that can help you work towards unlocking 100+ bushel soybeans that can lead to large return on investment in today’s environment.

SOYBEAN PLANT HEALTH AND STRESS MANAGEMENT

Making sure your soybean plant is running at peak efficiency and production is key to maximizing yields. In-season you have the ability to use some unique products that, if well-timed, can have a large impact on maximizing the soybean plants' efficiency and production. 

Foliar Bio Stimulants - Bio stimulant fertilizers like Voyagro from Winfield United can help mitigate plant stress in soybeans by linking potassium with amino acids and peptides to aid in the movement of product within the plant. Pairing Voyagro with a foliar micronutrient can aid in nutrient uptake during key reproductive stages of the plant. This product contains nitrogen from amino acids along with soluble potassium.

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Fungicides - Fungicides can impact yields beyond just disease control. High-end fungicides have a level of crop stress mitigation that directly impacts plant health. Unlike corn, soybean yields are driven by the middle third of the plant. With corn, the ear is the center for all energy consumption, allowing all photosynthetic production from the entire plant to support ear fill. With soybeans, energy distribution is more localized and pod fill comes from neighboring leaves and not from other parts of the plant. Fungicides such as Miravis Neo can help protect leaf retention to maximize photosynthetic production. 

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CROP NUTRITION AT KEY TIMES

Success of in season crop nutrition management hinges on the soybean plant having key nutrients at key development stages. 

Foliar Feeding - In season foliar feeding can be a highly effective way to supplement key micronutrients for the crop. The focus to make this work effectively is understanding what nutrients are the most important, and then what timing will be the most beneficial to achieve maximum response.

Two key timings in soybean development are flowering/pollination and pod development/fill. Boron, Zinc, and Manganese are key micros during early reproductive stages that aid in pollination, chlorophyl production and photosynthetic efficiency. Boron and Molybdenum are key micros during late reproductive stages that aid in pollination and pod retention. One crucial step is using a high-quality micronutrient product like Brandt Smart Trio and Brandt Smart B-Mo. What makes these products superior? - Check out this video that explains why.

Maximizing Nitrogen Efficiency in Soybeans - Improve your soybean nitrogen efficiency with Ascend SL from Winfield and Take Off LS from Verdesian. Ascend SL improves root growth and nodulation opportunity while Take Off LS aids in the nitrogen assimilation process. Click below for more info on Ascend SL and Take Off LS. 

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PROTECTION FROM PESTS

Diseases - Foliar soybean diseases such as Frogeye Leaf Spot, Brown Spot and White Mold can rob yield from soybeans late in the season. Depending on what diseases you are targeting, single or multiple applications of a high-end fungicide with good residual control such as Miravis Neo should be used. 

Insects - Soybean aphids and spider mites can be a problem in certain years. Make sure to scout or have an FCS agronomist scout for the presence of these insect pests prior to potential treatment to find out if an insecticide-treated me is needed or needs to be customized for the target pest present in your field. 

Discuss the Recipe - FCS carries a large line of high quality and specialized products that when properly combined and well timed on the crop can help you unlock higher soybean yields. Contact your local FCS Agronomist to discuss the right recipe that fits your operation!