Soybean Update featuring Dr. Kevin Donnelly

(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. Dr. Kevin Donnelly, professor of agronomy at Kansas State University joins us, and Dr. Donnelly you once again were the judge of the soybean plant competition at the Kansas State Fair. (Dr. Kevin Donnelly) Yes. I enjoyed doing that. Had a good number of entries this year. Maybe one of the largest classes that we have had down there, all the different classes. (Greg) With several different classes for that judging, I’m sure there are specific guidelines for each of the classes itself? (Kevin) First of all, they’re divided into maturity groups, there’s groups three, four, and five, we don’t typically have a lot of five’s here. So that’s the first cut that we have about 15 to 20 in each of the group three and four categories. (Greg) What are some of the highlights that you saw and the quality of what you saw in the soybean plants? (Kevin) It was pretty tough this year because we had quite a lot of variability and maturity, even though it’s by group, it still doesn’t put them all at the same maturity level at the time they’re picked. We’re generally looking for certainly good pod set within a maturity group. It usually shows a little better if the pods are further along, but we try to compensate for that if it looks like less mature but has a good pod set, that may still be the better sample. So we’re looking for that, freedom from disease, they have to be bundled in a group of five with some roots on them, so appearance is somewhat of a factor. Soybeans are a beautiful plant in a field but when you put them in and try to tie them in a bundle they’re a little unruly to get orderly, so we don’t really count for appearance maybe so much as we would in some of the other crop fair classes. We’re looking for good pod set, freedom from disease, they are to be shown with the roots, so make sure the roots are all intact. Because we have differences in height, in the varieties, and so forth, it’s a tough job to estimate that. But we wound up this year I think with probably more diversity within maturities in the class than it normally was. (Greg) For this competition, for this show, sponsored by the Kansas Soybean Commission, I know premiums were awarded — but it’s important to have competitions like this. (Kevin) It’s very good for, if nothing else to expose the urban public who comes to fair to agriculture. I remember when I was myself taking steps to the State Fair back in high school, the Pride of Kansas building was solid full of crops and vegetables, and now it’s unfortunately not as prominent, but it’s good to still have that presence there I think, and for the producers that bring them in, it’s important I think for them to showcase their crops and be able to select some good looking plants to bring in. (Greg) Dr. Donnelly we appreciate your time, thank you very much. (Kevin) Okay, thank you Greg. (Greg) Dr. Kevin Donnelly, Professor of Agronomy at Kansas State University 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! Stay with us after the break for more Farm Factor with Kyle and Joe Cornelius.

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