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Soybean harvest and field day delayed

A soybean educator says dry conditions this spring are delaying the onset of harvest.

Mike Staton with Michigan State University Extension tells Brownfield germination issues and a lack of rain in June has set back crop development.

“Even the crop that was up and out of the ground that emerged normally experienced really dry conditions and that delayed the flowering,” he explains.  “If you have a delay of flowering, you’ve delayed the whole rest of the season.”

Staton says Michigan crops are about 7 to 10 days behind and uneven emergence in fields will make the timing of harvest crucial.

“That’s just going to be a nightmare at harvest time, what do we do?” he questions.  “Do we harvest when the early beans are ready to go and harvest the other ones wet, or do we wait for the whole field to dry down?”

Staton recommends farmers harvest soybean fields when later emerged plants reach about 16 percent moisture for the best yields.

The Soybean Harvest Equipment Field Day originally planned in Michigan’s Thumb has also been delayed until September 29th because of the slower maturing crop.

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