Soybeans, NSC Reston RR2Y

August 20, 2015. After a summer of hot, dry weather, some growers may be facing a challenging harvest. For soybean growers in eastern Saskatchewan, it will take some strong management practices to get the most out of this year’s crop.

Jim Duncan, Sales Rep at CPS Redvers, says choosing a good soybean variety can make a significant difference.

“It’s important to choose a variety that performs well in your area and will mature before the normal frost time,” he says. Duncan adds that their Proven Performance Trial of NSC Reston RR2Y is looking good, but with the lowest pods only an inch-and-a-half off the ground, it could be difficult to harvest.

The hypocotyl length determines the height that the lowest pods will develop on the soybeans and differences can be seen between variety types and growing conditions. Pod height can range from a half-inch to an inch, which can make a big difference during harvest.

Jennifer Melnychenko, CPS Manager of Agronomic Services for East Saskatchewan, says leaving a few bean pods behind can add up to significant yield losses.

“As few as four beans per square metre can add up to a loss of one bushel per acre,” she explains. Melnychenko says some ways to reduce losses include slowing combines down to 4-5 km/h, adjusting reel speed, maximizing fan speed without blowing seeds out the back end and using a sharp floating flexible cutter bar.

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