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Early Planting and Longer Maturating Varieties in Soybeans

Tags: OMAFRA, Monsanto Canada Inc., Grain Farmers of Ontario, University of Guelph, Soybean yields, planti

From the Ontario Grain Farmer Magazine

by Dan Docking and Horst Bohner, Ontario Ministry of Agriculture Food and Rural Affairs

Extensive soybean breeding in Ontario is continually leading to higher yielding soybean varieties. Unfortunately, these higher yields are not always realized in field scale production.

One management strategy that leads to higher yields is early planting. Another strategy is to plant longer maturing varieties for a given growing area. With the introduction of CruiserMaxx seed treatment, higher plant populations can often be achieved under more stressful conditions, making it possible to plant earlier. By using CruiserMaxx seed treatment it may be possible to combine the two already successful management strategies of early planting and longer maturing varieties to achieve an even higher yield potential.

A three year project was recently completed through a partnership between Grain Farmers of Ontario, OMAFRA, the University of Guelph and Monsanto Canada Inc. This project was conducted to determine if planting longer maturing varieties in conjunction with earlier planting could significantly increase yield potential. It also assessed the best planting date for adapted varieites. The yield response to three to four soybean varieties were measured at an early planting date (before May 15), a normal planting date (May 15-30) and a later date (after May 30) over the three years of this study (2009 to 2011).

To view the results please click here to read the entire article.


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