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Soybeans - What happened in 2008?

November 14, 2008
By Wayne Schoper, Brown/Nicollet Extension Educator

The soybean harvest has been over for awhile and we have been hearing reports that show a lot of variability in yields. Some farmers have reported exceptional yields in the mid-50's and into the 60's. However, the main consensus says that overall, the soybean harvest was somewhat disappointing with a lot of reports that saw yields in the 40 to 50 bushel per acre range. Some of this can be attributed to the dry weather we saw in August. Many soybeans were planted late and hit the dry weather at the wrong time. Soybean aphids were also around this year, although most producers did spray for them at least once. We do know that most fields hold some level of Soybean Cyst Nematodes (SCN). However, symptoms of this disease, although present, were less obvious than in previous years. Bruce Potter, U of M IPM Specialist, has said that SCN may not have been as prevalent this year due to cooler growing conditions and a later planting date that may have limited the number of SCN generations.



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