(Jamie) Welcome back to Farm Factor and the Kansas Soybean Update.
(Greg Akagi) This is the Kansas Soybean Update; it’s brought to you by the Kansas Soybean Commission. The Soybean Checkoff, Progress Powered by Kansas Farmers. Doug Shoup K-State Extension Agronomist for southeast Kansas joins us and Doug with soybean planting underway in Kansas, this is the time for them to consider double crop soybeans. (Doug Shoup) Wheat harvest is just around the corner, and we’re just getting started and we’ve had a lot of rainfall so there’s a lot of soil profiles out there that have plenty of moisture. I know that producers will actually be thinking about that especially now that we’ve seen a little enhanced market and will plant double crop soybeans. (Greg) If you are considering the double crop soybeans, optimal planting time as to when to do that? (Doug) The data would suggest the earlier the better and as we get into different parts of Kansas, planting date can be important, but just as long as we get them planted by mid-June. That’s generally pretty good yield potential, but when we get into the later part of mid to late June, planting date becomes much more critical. So even a day delay in planting, producers know it could be a pretty significant drop in yield. A lot of producers have the mindset that as soon as the combine leaves the field after wheat harvest we have to plant or get in there immediately because planting date is really important when we’re talking about double crop soybeans with the shortened season like we are this late into the season. (Greg) Planting in narrow rows is key too. (Doug) Yes, we’ve seen that it can help for sure is that when we have planting early, wide rows can do fairly well and have plenty of time to branch out. Every branch has a node and that’s where the yield is made. Often we can see enhanced yield in late planting with narrower rows just because we can space those plants out across the acres more evenly and get more opportunity to make notes before it kicks into reproductive mode. (Greg) The United Soybean Board and the Kansas Soybean Commission are very strong participants in regards to this initiative itself. (Doug) Yes, we’ve had a really nice opportunity to be involved with a multi-state, multi-region project on double crop soybean, the United Soybean Board and our local Kansas Soybean Commission has made it a priority. New research is going to be conducted on double crop soybeans; in addition we are going to summarize all the previous research from across the United States on double crop soybeans. Just a little bit more emphasis put on the double crop soybean system. We’ve seen from some of our data that when we have high yields we remove a lot of nutrients so sometime little things like row space and population, adding additional fertility because the wheat crop is really taking up a lot of the nutrients that we can see a little bit more management needed if you really want to grow double crop soybeans right. (Greg) Doug Shoup, K-State Extension Agronomist for southeast Kansas joins us on the Kansas Soybean Update. It’s brought to you by the Kansas Soybean Commission. The Soybean Checkoff, Progress Powered by Kansas Farmers. Learn more at Kansassoybeans.org. For Kansas Soybeans, I’m Greg Akagi.
(Jamie) Hope you enjoyed this week’s Kansas Soybean Update. After the break let’s join Kyle and Cinch Munson as they discuss the new generation of propane equipment.