As you plan for 2010 soybean planting, a few key steps can help maximize yields — and profits, according to experts at Pioneer Hi-Bred, a DuPont business. Selecting soybean varieties that match the needs of individual fields, using seed treatments and determining when to put the seed in the ground are decisions that directly impact yields.
"There is no easy answer or one-size-fits-all solution for achieving higher yields," said Jim Trybom, agronomy research scientist for Pioneer. "Knowing the history of your fields and planting the right product on the right acre are critical to managing soybeans."
Pioneer has unique genetics, does localized testing and allows growers to spread their risk by providing products with a trait package that best suits each field. Growers can choose resistant varieties for fields with an increased risk for specific diseases such as white mold, soybean cyst nematode (SCN), brown stem rot (BSR) and sudden death syndrome (SDS). Cool, wet growing conditions during the 2009 season increased disease pressure in some soybean fields, cutting into yields and crop quality. White mold was one of the more notable diseases attacking soybeans this past year.