For years corn has been the farmer’s primary crop. Soybeans followed a close race, but often remained on the backburner, until now. An article by Mosaic Crop Nutrition called, “The Silver Lining Soybean Strategy,” challenges growers to rethink their nutrient management strategies on soybeans. A discovery made after the drought in 2012 is what sparked this new way of thinking. Because corn plants could not utilize the nutrients during that year, what was left behind the soybeans did not let go to waste. Some of the greatest soybean yields were to follow in the year 2013.
So what does all this mean? That soybeans should be getting more attention when it comes to fertility management. According to the research by Dr. Fred Below, Professor of Crop Science at the University of Illinois, during the height of a soybeans growing season, they take up almost 17 pounds of fertilizer each day. So, maybe it is time to implement these new hopes for a soybean future. Because not only will you be creating a path to higher yielding beans, but saving money down the road on nutrient needs for corn. Ron Olson, Senior Agronomist at the Mosaic Company, tells us in the article, to make a goal for soybean yields. The fertility will not come over night, but be patient, because, “once farmers realize where they can make changes, the yields will follow.”
The rest of the article goes on to explain exactly what nutrients soybeans require for maximum fertility and how planning ahead for soybean fertilizing will help your corn for the next year. Novus Ag carries specific products to help with soybean fertility and encourages growers to start thinking about how they can improve their programs. It ultimately will save you money down the road and help you reach your yield potential. To read the article in its entirety, click here.