New 'Focus on Soybean' webcasts cover water stress management, field rolling
It’s no secret that good agronomic practices early in the season can significantly increase soybean crop health, harvest efficiency, and yields later on. Two of the latest ‘Focus on Soybean’ webcasts provide soybean growers and their consultants some agronomic tips and knowledge to do just that.
“Agronomic Tools for Managing Water Stress” by James E. Specht, professor in the Department of Agronomy and Horticulture at the University of Nebraska, breaks down the water needs for soybean crops, water’s effect on soybean physiology, and strategies for reducing stresses due to lack of water. In this talk, Specht covers three main agronomic practices: irrigation, no-till and early planting.
By the end of this presentation, growers, consultants, and other practitioners should better understand water stress in soybeans and the agronomic tools at hand for managing it.
“Soybean Field Rolling” by Greg Endres, Extension area agronomist for North Dakota State University, teaches consultants, growers, and other practitioners in the northern Great Plains the pros, cons, and procedures for field rolling, which is best performed early in the season to minimize crop damage.
Field rolling breaks down soil clods, pushes rocks below the surface, and levels the soil. This can increase a grower’s harvest efficiency by minimizing equipment damage, producing cleaner beans, and increasing the number of acres harvested per day.
The practice also has costs, including the roller, gas, and potential crop damage.
By the end of this presentation, viewers can more accurately weigh the pros, cons, and challenges of field rolling for soybean production in their fields.
Both presentations are open access through July 31, 2014. Viewers can also opt to see executive summary versions of these webcasts. These executive summary versions are permanently open access courtesy of the United Soybean Board.
Other Focus on Soybean presentations can be viewed at www.plantmanagementnetwork.org/fos.
Focus on Soybean is a publication of The Plant Management Network (www.plantmanagementnetwork.org), a nonprofit online publisher whose mission is to enhance the health, management, and production of agricultural and horticultural crops.