Early Planted Soybeans

Why should you rush to plant your 2012 soybeans early?  According to Dr. James Specht, a University of Nebraska researcher, the following list is why you should plant soybeans early:

  1.  To capture more seasonally available solar radiation (sunlight)

  2. To transpire a greater fraction of the seasonally available water

  3. More nodes – after V1, a new node develops every 3.7 days

These three factors (1-3) give to us the opportunity to increase soybean yields for no additional out-of-pocket expense.