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Ultra Late Soybeans Growing Well

Posted by romeethredge on August 14, 2015

Here are some ultra late soybeans planted after corn harvest that are looking good. Herbicide controls worked well and fields are looking very green where before they had the tan old corn field look. Caterpillars have been in some fields but not all, some lesser (LCB) problems, especially in burned fields. There have been stand problems in some fields and some replanting has occurred.

We need to watch fields closely for problems and keep them wet and growing for this is a short season crop.

You can see that these plants are in their 2nd or third Trifoliate leaf stage, V2 or V3.  This is important to notice due to some herbicide application times. In some cases the soybean plants  need to have trifoliate leaves in order for certain herbicides to be applied.

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These soybeans below are younger and they are in the unifoliate (VC) stage. I guess unifoliate is kind of like unicycle… single leaf…single wheel. The next leaf to come on the soybeans will have three parts to it or trifoliate.


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Ultra Late Soybeans after Corn Harvest

Posted by romeethredge on July 16, 2015

Ultra late soybeans after corn are being planted now and getting them in early will help yields.  Here are some links to past information I’ve posted about this subject.

Ultra Late Soybeans Tour Review and Slide Show

Corn Harvest

Ultra late Soybeans

30 inch Ultra Late Soybeans

Ultra Late Soybean Harvest Going Strong

Soybean Irrigation

Ultra Late Soybeans Attractive to Caterpillars

Ultra Late Soybeans – Water Critical

Ultra Late Soybeans after Corn

Here’s some good information from UGA Soybean and Cotton Scientist, Dr. Jared Whittaker, concerning Ultra Late soybeans. Some of these charts represent only one year of data and so we know we could get different results if averaged over several years however it’s still good information and these results follow what we’ve experienced.

It’s important to know that in some years we don’t get these yields. Weather affects this a lot.


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Soybean Nematodes

Posted by romeethredge on July 10, 2015

Nematodes can be a problem for many of our crops including soybeans. Here’s some brought in to me this week with a real problem. You can see the leaves showing the stress and nutrient deficiencies due to the impaired root system.


Now, in looking at the roots you can see the Nitrogen fixing nodules, these are good, they are stuck to the side of the root. What we don’t want to see is the root swelling and knoting that we see, too. Most of what’s toward the top are nodules and nematode damage towards the bottom.



Here my finger is behind some of the good nodules.



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Soybean Newsletter

Posted by romeethredge on June 26, 2015

The Georgia Soybean News is a good update from our Commodity commission for Soybean. We need our commodity commissions and they all do very good work to promote our crops. Click the link here to read the full report.

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Soybean Expo – Feb 5 in Perry Ga

Posted by romeethredge on February 2, 2015

Soybean/Small Grain Expo is this Thursday in Perry, Ga, and it’s always a good meeting.There’s a $20 registration fee. Email Billy Skaggs for more information.

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2015 Donalsonville Production Meetings

Posted by romeethredge on January 9, 2015

We have four agricultural production meetings planned here in Donalsonville. We will meet at the Lions Hall for these educational programs. Go ahead and put these on your calendar and we look forward to seeing you there. Pesticide applicator credit will be given.

Call or email our office if you plan to come so we can make plans. 229-524-2326 or


January 28 – Peanut Production Meeting

11:00a.m.  Donalsonville Lions Hall , Lunch Served

Speakers:Dr. Scott Montfort, UGA Extension Peanut Scientist

                  Dr. Nathan Smith, UGA Extension Ag Economist (by Video uplink)


January 29 – Cotton Production Meeting

12:00 noon Donalsonville Lions Hall , Lunch Served

Speakers:Dr. Jared Whittaker , UGA Extension Agronomist

                  Dr. Phillip Roberts, UGA Extension Entomologist

Soybean Production will be discussed after Cotton


February 16 – Corn Production Meeting

8:00a.m Seminole/Miller Counties in Donalsonville, Breakfast  Served

Speakers: Dr. Dewey Lee, UGA Extension Grains Scientist

                   Dr. Nathan Smith, UGA Extension Economist

                   Dr.  John Bernard, UGA (Silage)


February 26 – Weed Control Meeting

12:00  Noon Seminole/Miller Counties in Donalsonville, Lunch Served

Speakers: Dr. Eric Prostko, UGA Extension Weed Science

                   Dr. Stanley Culpepper, UGA Extension Weed Scientist

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Ga Soybean Commodity Commission Newsletter

Posted by romeethredge on December 4, 2014

I was impressed with the first edition of the Ga Soybean Commodity Commission newsletter, that recently came out. It is very informative. If you would like to be added to their list to receive the newsletter then email Billy Skaggs and ask to get on the list.

Billy Skaggs,Executive Secretary,Georgia Soybean Commodity Commission

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Greg Mims, Seminole County Farmer, is the Chairman of the Georgia Commodity Commission for soybeans.

Georgia’s soybean farmers collectively invest a portion of their revenue to fund research and promotion efforts. This collective investment is called a check-off. The soybean check-off is a nationwide effort supported entirely by soybean farmers with individual contributions of 0.5 percent of the market price per bushel sold each season. If my figuring is correct that’s 5 cents per bushel if beans are $10.


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Soybean Harvest

Posted by romeethredge on November 14, 2014

Soybean harvest has been good on regular season beans and now the ultra late soybeans planted after corn harvest are being combined. They look good and I’m surprised that the moisture is as low as 10.5 % on them.  With the dry weather we have been able to get the crops out.

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Soybeans Maturing

Posted by romeethredge on October 30, 2014

Some of our soybeans that were planted at the regular time, our best planting dates are May 15th to June 15th, are getting mature and harvest has begun.

The Ultra Late soybeans planted after corn harvest are turning yellow and are getting very close to done for the year.  Here’s a photo of some and you can see that the pods are full so that is a good sign.


Here’s some of the earlier planted soybeans that are ready for harvest as the seeds have dried down. To be considered dry for no deducts when you sell them, soybeans need to be at 13.5 % moisture.

 If you have drying capabilities you can harvest soybeans at 20% moisture and dry them down. If you plan to store soybeans in a bin they should be dried on down to 10% moisture.


Here’s the comparison of the two ages in the field.


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Soybeans yellow and Dropping leaves

Posted by romeethredge on October 24, 2014


Here’s a pivot that has full season soybeans on the left side. On the right a crop of field corn was grown and then these Ultra late soybeans were planted and they are still green and growing strong. The beans that were planted early are turning yellow and dropping leaves as they approach maturity.

I’ve had questions lately about irrigation termination on soybeans. You are generally safe to terminate irrigation if you have good soil moisture when the seeds fill the pods and the pods start to change to the yellow color in the top 4 nodes of the plant. Mississippi State has a good blog post concerning this subject.  Soybean Irrigation Termination

Some full season soybeans will be harvested soon. These warm days will help finish out the season for the Ultra late planted soybeans.

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