Producers Almost As Excited About Soybeans as They Were About Corn

Producers Almost As Excited About Soybeans as They Were About Corn

It’s just been an all around good growing season for most crops in the southeast, and NC State Extension Soybean Specialist, Dr. Jim Dunphy says soybeans are no exception.  He says many growers are almost as excited about their early soybean yields as they were about corn:

“In many cases that’s right.  And I could just about see that coming. The full season beans have looked good, pretty much state wide, all season long.  And that’s what’s being harvested so far, particularly the early maturing full-season beans.  And those were planted early, we had a period prior to the middle of May that they could get in the field, and some of them did. 

“So, I think we’ve had some good early yields building all season long, and the rumor mill would say that they are, in fact, harvesting some pretty good fields.”

There was a lot more Group IV beans planted this year than we usually see, weren’t there?

“I don’t know if there were a lot more, but there were more, I don’t think any question about that.  The interest in the IV’s, I think, primarily trying to get more of the reproductive growth in soybeans closer to June 22nd, so that you get into the longer day length, a few more hours of sunshine to work with and therefore a little more yield potential.

“My concern with the IV’s is I think, first of all, you have to get them big enough to make that pay off.  If you don’t get them big enough to get as much sunlight as soybeans know how to capture then you’re not going to get that big yield you’re looking for.

“And that seems to be a little easier to do with our Group IV’s that we’ve got today than the Group IV’s than we had 20 years ago.  Our breeders, particularly the breeders in the south, have done a good job of breeding Group IV’s soybeans, they certainly get taller than they once did, and they seem to get there a little bit quicker, so they’re a little more likely to get the job done.”

We’ll visit further with Dr. Jim Dunphy, NC State Extension Soybean Specialist next week, on Today’s Topic.


A native of the Texas Panhandle, Rhonda was born and raised on a cotton farm where she saw cotton farming evolve from ditch irrigation to center pivot irrigation and harvest trailers to modules. After graduating from Texas Tech University, she got her start in radio with KGNC News Talk 710 in Amarillo, Texas.

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