Changing emphasis on soybean maturities could be positive for growers

Soybean breeders developing more varieties that could be better fit for growers.

Agronomist William Johnson remembers when soybeans went on some of a producer’s less productive ground. In those days, growers might be happy if they averaged 25 bushels of soybeans per acre.

Now crop rotation and the need for more income in this period of low prices has producers paying a lot more attention to the selection of soybean varieties and maturities and harvesting 70, 80 and more bushels per acre.

Dr. Johnson was one of several speakers at the Bayer Crop Science Technology Showcase, which was held indoors at Bayer’s new Soybean Breeding Center at its research facility in Marion, Ark., due to wet field conditions resulting from the remnants of Hurricane Irma passing through the area in mid-September.

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