Management, more than inputs, is still the key to higher soybean yields, according to the latest USB-funded university research. “You can’t buy higher yields; you still have to work for them,” says Seth Naeve, the University of Minnesota agronomist who led the intensive soybean yield research. The research tested inputs marketed as preventatives, and deployed them in the field as pre-timed applications rather than as a part of a more actively managed system.

“The study focused on which baseline practices and products all farmers should use, rather than what works in individual situations,” Naeve says. “Some treatments are important in some situations, but aren’t necessarily required for everyone.


This article originally appeared in Corn+Soybean Digest and has been reposted with permission. 

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