Wisconsin continuous beans research starting

The likelihood of a new high-capacity soybean crushing facility in southern Wisconsin has researchers studying something they’ve never been comfortable with… beans on beans.

Shawn Conley with the University of Wisconsin Soybean Program tells Brownfield the proposed CHS facility will tempt a lot of farmers to try growing continuous soybeans. “I think the economics in some of these local areas in southern Wisconsin might push farmers to think about growing beans on beans, and I’d like to have some management recommendations besides don’t do it.”

Conley says with a new crush plant creating demand and perhaps altering market prices and basis, farmers will want to take advantage of the opportunity. “That facility will eat 70 million bushels of beans and last year, Wisconsin farmers only produced 100 million bushels of beans.”

Conley says he has several test plot projects lined up for this growing season. “So, it will be fun and interesting to see if some of these new biologicals work and, you know, just try to develop best management practices for farmers to at least have it in their back pocket if they want to consider that option.”

All Wisconsin Soybean Program research results are available online here.  

Conley spoke to Brownfield during the recent Wisconsin Corn-Soy-Pork Expo.

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