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NC Soybean Yield Winner in the 80+ Range

NC State Extension Soybean Specialist Dr. Jim Dunphy is sharpening his pencil working on the yield winners for the state-wide soybean yield contest winners to be announced at the 24th Annual Joint Commodities Conference in Durham next week. Dunphy had quite a few entries to choose from this year:

“We had a lot of really good yields come in this year as we would expect. We had pretty good weather though most of the state this past year and record state wide average yield.”

As to the winning bushels per acre yield, Dunphy was tight-lipped, but did divulge a range…sort of:

“There are some 70s and a few 80s, whether anyone will beat the 80s or not I’m not going to say. It will keep the growers guessing!”

Dunphy will also present the results of research conducted in 2012 at the JCC:

“Its about varieties and what do we have for new data and new varieties and which one of them fit on different types of soils, which ones are better double cropped, etc. there is always interest in the yield enhancements. We will talk about the results of those but none of them look to be a real money maker.”

Dunphy says one of his research plots yielded results that surprised him:

“We did a little work with twin rows compared to narrow and wide and that surprised me. I expected the twin rows to come out very similar to the narrow rows and they actually came out between the narrow and wide in terms of yield performance, with the narrow being the highest yielding of the three.”

And dealing with glyphosate resistant weeds will also be addressed:

“There will be a little bit about programs that deal with resistant weeds, they are trying to keep resistant weeds down to zero in these fields. They have been a significant problem in soybeans and cotton and we will need some drastic measures to deal with them.”

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