Soybean farmers closely monitoring commodity prices can take advantage of market opportunities with a reproductive management plan.
Research shows that prioritizing health and nutrition as the season progresses can dramatically maximize soybean yield. Helena Agri-Enterprises, LLC, Collierville, Tennessee, shares her best practices for growing to R stage through BeanWise, a program based on agronomic knowledge, experience and the latest technology.
“If we’re expecting more from our crop at harvest, we need to focus on what we’re feeding it as these beans grow,” says Dan Scheetz, Helena Product Manager for Eastern Iowa. and northern Illinois. “BeanWise’s goal is to take the guesswork out of letting the culture do the talking. Once we understand the state of the crop, we can choose products as needed and apply those products when that nutrition is needed most. “
BeanWise takes a scientific approach to soybean health based on in-season tissue sampling and analysis. The results not only give growers a clearer picture of what is happening on the ground, but they also reveal trends in nutrient consumption at key stages of growth.
Fungicides and insecticides remain the basis of R-stage applications, but Helena’s experience shows that there is more to be gained in this latest push to harvest. With the right levels of nutrition and the efficiency to use it correctly, soybeans can retain more flowers, tie more knots, hang more pods, and add weight.
While nothing can be done to control the weather and a variety of other external factors, BeanWise can give soybeans every chance of producing higher, more productive yields. For more information, consult a representative or visit helenaagri.com.