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Soybean growers should watch for lodging


A technical agronomist with Bayer says reports of lodging in soybeans are on the rise in the Western Corn Belt.

Joe Lemmons, who covers South-Central Nebraska, says adverse weather conditions impacted stalk integrity. “Beans took advantage of some late June early July rainfall that we had and they got a little bit taller than they probably normally would have, even those varieties that I would say are technically short. Some of those varieties, I would say don’t get very tall, got much larger than they probably should have, and they’ll reach the center of my chest, and I’m a 6 1/2 foot tall guy.”

He tells Brownfield he’s concerned some plants will not be able to pick themselves up and be a challenge for combines.

Soybean growers should watch for lodging