Some of the variables we are seeing based on planting dates and maturity:
- The late April planted beans tend to have nodes at the bottom of the plant that are barren or sparse which is not typical for April beans
- The nodes are close together which is good
- The late April planting tends to have more pods per node at mid plant
- Mid May planting showing a good average on nodes per plant
- Mid May planting seems to be stronger on pods per node on the lower third of the plants vs the mid plant section.
- Nodes with only 2 or 3 pods is where we are losing some yield and in certain sections of the plant this is very common.
- The May planted beans really tried to set and prolong their podding but I believe that happened just a little too late. We are finding a lot of nodes with clusters of small pods that set but have since aborted. You can see those in the pictures below.
- The August rains will be very beneficial to this soybean crop as we move forward and I believe it will be solid as of now.