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Risk factors associated with early-planted soybeans

According to an article in Southeast Farm Press this week, there are some benefits that soybean farmers can get from planting their soybeans before May, but it comes with risk too. Benefits include increased yields, lower disease pressure, and the ability to take advantage of soil moisture before it gets hot and dry later in the growing season. Risks include the possibility of a late frost, potential seed decay, and competition for planting time with corn. You can read more here.

Soybean field in Abbeville SC. Source: Mlabar, Commons Wikimedia