Soybean South

 - From the Editor -

By Carroll Smith

Football, basketball, NASCAR. People have been known to become addicted to their favorite sporting events, recording them when they can’t be at home to watch TV, neglecting the grill until a critical play or race is over and even visiting the Web sites during the week or in the off-season.

We pick our favorite players or drivers, cheer when things go well and are sometimes disappointed when things go not so well. As fans with a common interest, we tend to flock together at a favorite gathering spot to discuss (I use the word loosely) the latest event and tally up the season’s progress so far.

In the end, we all want to know who will win the Super Bowl, the National Championship, the Nextel Cup Series. We savor each week, but we live for the season finale with its teasers and twists that keep us coming back for more.

Gone but not forgotten
But once the season’s over doesn’t mean it’s forgotten. It’s re-hashed, second-guessed, re-lived and learned-from. The athletes look back and bring what they learned forward.

They ask themselves: What implications do the outcome of this season have on the upcoming season? What will I do differently? How can I tweak my strategy to step it up a notch?

Farmers ask themselves these same questions once harvest is over and it’s time to plan for next season’s crop.

A good example of tweaking this year’s strategy to make next season’s better is Dr. Alan Blaine’s “Herbicide Application Reminder For Next Year” on page 6.

Blaine, who has worked with and advocated the early planting system for many years, says a lot of growers are getting in too big of a hurry to make their first post-emergence herbicide applications.

He reminds us that when beans are planted in March, both the crop and the weeds are slow-emerging. Even if a weed is out there, it may not be competitive for several weeks. With this in mind, you may want to adjust your application timing in '07.

In the insect arena on page 4, University of Missouri entomologist Wayne Bailey says the corn earworm is “one of those defoliators that we watch every year.”

From past observations, he says it’s relatively easy to get enough coverage to get the insecticide to this pest by ground or by air as long as the applicator uses enough water.

He advises farmers to keep the following recommendation in their game plan for next year:

“For aerial application, the two-gallon rate works well,” Bailey says. “On the ground, we recommend from five to 15 gallons per acre.”

Soybean South’s season finale
For the One Grower Publishing team, this June issue of Soybean South marks our soybean supplement’s season finale until we resume its publication next January. We hope the topics we’ve covered have been informative and useful enough to you in your operation that you'll come back for more next year.

Until then, we’ll post the articles and commentary from the past issues of Soybean South on the Web sites for our sister publications – Cotton Farming and Rice Farming. Just go to or and click on the Soybean South icon.

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