Next 2 weeks may help, harm soybeans

Wednesday, September 3, 2014
Michael Henbest describes a soybean field he rents on Farm Road 2140 in Cassville. Henbest farms 600 acres of soybeans in the Cassville area. Jason Johnston/

Crops require moisture for above average yield

Local experts say the next two weeks could determine if soybean crops receive an above average yield this year.

"If we are going to get rain, it's going to be a good crop of soybeans," said Brian Blount, the executive director of United States Department of Agriculture Farm Service Agencies that cover Barry and Lawrence counties. "We usually get 30 [to] 40 bushels an acre. But, I was told that if we don't get some rain in the next week or two, we might not get that good of a crop."

The area is starting to get dry now, which is an issue, said Tim Schnakenberg, the University of Missouri Extension's regional agronomy specialist for Barry, Christian, Greene, Lawrence, Stone and Taney counties. Soybeans still need some rain to fill in their pods to make that crop. But so far, Schnakenberg thinks the area looks good.

Curtis Schallert, 62, who farms about 275 acres of soybeans west of Purdy, said in the next 45 days, area soybeans must depend on moisture.

"A year ago, we got 14 inches of rain the latter part of July and August, and [the soybeans] looked real good, then it turned hot and dry like it did this year, and we had below average yields," Schallert said

Michael Henbest, 61, who farms 600 acres of soybeans in the Cassville area, said he yields about 40 bushels per acre when he plants soybeans. He did not plant any soybeans the previous two years.

His early and double crop beans look good, he said. He plants early soybeans around Memorial Day and double crop soybeans around July, and he harvests both of them around November.

Henbest said he averages three or four beans per pod if the soybeans receive enough moisture. But, if the weather is hot and dry, he would average two beans per pod.

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  • This was evidently written before we received 5-6 inches of rain that week!

    -- Posted by common-tater on Mon, Sep 8, 2014, at 9:16 PM
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