Soybean Update

(Greg) This is the Kansas Soybean Update. It’s brought to you by the Kansas Soybean Commission. The Soybean Checkoff, Progress Powered by Kansas Farmers. Ignacio Ciampitti, K-State Crop Production and Cropping Systems Specialist joins us. Ignacio, a soybean producer’s knowledge of soybean growth can give them an advantage in the development of the crop. So how are you and the United Soybean Board helping in increasing the producers knowledge? (Ignacio) Well, one way Greg, is trying to sum up information, summarize information and make sure that the growers have access to information in a way they see and in a way that we can just demonstrate the connection between growing stages and what are the main management tips. So what we decided to focus on and pursue with the United Soybean Board and the Kansas Soybean Commission was trying to put together some kind of a very nice poster, with the idea of showing all the different growing stages for soybeans, from vegetative to mature active. And the goal is in each of the growing stages we have a specific management tip and we also have specifications about what are the main points of the growing season in order and how they are changing – weed control, insect control and also planting tips. Knowing how your soybean plants are going to grow can give some benefits on how well it is to synchronize all the inputs that we need to utilize the increased production and also make sure that we just know exactly what is the right timing in the moment, in order to apply all the inputs and also make sure that we are controlling and establishing our soybeans. (Greg) Now in the various stages can some of these overlap each other? (Ignacio) In some situations, yes, and that’s why I’m seeing some soybeans that are unique and also a very complex crop. Sometimes we have leaf production so when the crop is still producing leaves, but at the same time the crop is also flowering and some other note. And that’s why it’s critical and important to really recognize the moment that a crop is getting to the production stage, because we probably want to take a look to see how we can protect that leaf area. And make sure that we have enough leaf to boost yields. And those moments is when we need to make decisions as a fungicide application or some other nutrient factors that we need to apply in order to maximize and make sure that we are increasing yields. When you go to management decisions, knowing the stages of your crop, knowing exactly when is the right moment to apply any inputs if they need it or knowing exactly when you are scouting and what is the specific chronological stage you are in, that provides a big jump as compared to just a commission situation. And we are seeing that increasing that knowledge really increases the ability of the farmers to really overcome any production issue or any issue that they may face during this or the next coming year in soybean production. (Greg) Ignacio Ciampitti, K-State Crop Production and Cropping Systems Specialist 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.

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