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Early Frost Halts Late-Planted Soybeans

Nobody argues that it’s been a strange weather year on the east coast. Many crops were late coming out of the field or being planted due to weeks of excessive rains, and many producers planted short-season soybeans later than normal. Jim Dunphy, NC State Extension soybean specialist says the early frost is exactly what didn’t need to happen:

“We had a significant number of beans that were planted very late July and a few in August. Those beans needed to avoid an early frost and unfortunately that’s what they got. They got cut short and stopped before they got done making all their beans.”

As far as full seasons soybeans, Dunphy says they’ve fared fairly well, frost or not:

“Full season beans and the double crop beans that got planted at the end of June – most got to the point of being safe from frost before we got the one in late October.”

Many full-season beans are out of the field, and Dunphy says the yields thus far look good:

“In many cases, the yields on the full season beans are very good. Some of the beans that we have cut from our on-farm tests allowed us to document that. We can make beans with water, its dry weather that affects the yields. So a wet year will have us end up with a little better yield than what we thought originally.”

With harvest in full swing Dunphy’s state-wide soybean yield contest is too:

“We will take entries up until Christmas. The awards will be given out in January. We wont get many of the yield data for a few weeks now.”

NC State Extension Soybean Specialist Dr. Jim Dunphy.'

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.