Soybean South

 - From the Editor -

Get The Most
Bean For Your Buck

By Carroll Smith

Opinions differ on the exact origin of the phrase “more bang for your buck,” but almost everyone agrees on its meaning – a better return on your investment.

Although it has been hard to get a read on how many acres of soybeans Southern producers intend to plant this year, my guess is that it will be a substantial amount. I’m certainly not an expert, but based on the basic premise that it’s cheaper to grow soybeans than many of the other crops and, as of Feb. 19, the Chicago Board of Trade posted November 2009 soybean futures at $8.45, I think it is a reasonable statement to make.

However, to make a profit on those acres, producers have to budget wisely and consider every production strategy carefully to capture the highest possible yield. In other words, get the most bean for their buck. Soybean South’s goal is to publish articles that provide profitable production strategies to help farmers meet their yield expectations.

Following are excerpts from a few of the articles in this month’s issue that, hopefully, will help you make more money.

• “Based on this research, a raised-bed system improved yields and made money in two out of three years, and in the third year didn’t cost anything….The raised-bed system also minimized yearly differences in yield, offering a bit more security.” (“Boost Bean Yields On Heavy Clay,” page 4).

• “If there is not enough Bradyrhizobium in the soil, the inoculant may increase yields by two bushels per acre or more on fields that have had soybeans in the recent past.” (“Soybean Inoculant – N-Fixing Bacteria,” page 8).

• “Row spacings of 36 inches are common for soybeans, but the crop could benefit from more narrow spacings of 20 to 30 inches. Narrow rows help ensure full canopy development that can help reduce soil moisture loss and suppress late-emerging weeds.” (“Residue Beans,” page 9).

  • “The Roundup Ready 2 Yield gene is located in a high-yield DNA region, and there are more pods to the plant and more three-bean pods.” (“More Three-Bean Pods = Increased Yield,” page 10).

  • The Liberty Link soybean is here now, and I think it is excellent complementary technology to Roundup Ready.” (“In-Crop Weed Control Option Launched,” page 11).

• “This cost information will help managers understand which cost items have increased the most and, in turn, which items to focus on when monitoring costs.” (“Production And Market Risk Management,” page 16).

Hopefully, these tidbits will pique your interest enough to read these articles before diving into the 2009 season. Here’s wishing you good growing conditions, high prices and more beans for your buck at harvest time!