Saving a potential $60 per acre requires impeccable management

In the vast sea of southeast Arkansas soybean fields, Jason Smith’s Desha County acreage is an island perched in agronomic isolation. Smith is a crop maverick, growing 3,000 acres of remarkably clean conventional soybeans. The path to Smith’s conventional soybean conversion was dictated by economic necessity—the need for a young farmer to save money.

“I didn’t get into conventionals for a premium; I got into them to save money on seed costs,” says Smith of SMS Planting Co., Watson, Ark.

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