As we enter soybean planting time, the most critical management period for soybean production, it's a good time to remember a few of the most critical decisions that can be made, including:
- Select and plant only the best varieties: Not all soybeans are equal. Each year, seed companies sell soybean seed with a wide range in yield potential. Typically, the best-yielding varieties produce between 20 percent and 40 percent greater yields than those at the bottom. Don't get stuck with a dog. Make your initial selections carefully by using third-party yield information, and only accept substitutions with proven yield potential.