Emphasize agronomy 101 and genetics

A soybean specialist is recommending farmers select strong genetic varieties to help curb supply challenges this year.

Shawn Conley with the University of Wisconsin-Madison tells Brownfield with limited input availability, choosing varieties that have a larger management portfolio can be beneficial.

“Depending on the year and if white mold was a problem that year, we see a range from $100 to $500 of revenue lost just on genetic selection alone,” he says.

In early discussions with growers, Conley does expect more acres to lean toward soybeans which means more double-cropped fields.

“Make sure you go out there and replace enough fertilizer equivalent,” he recommends.

He says costs have increased by two to four times as much since the last growing season and herbicides continue to be short.

Conley was a featured speaker at the recent Wisconsin Corn Soy Expo.

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