WHERE ARE THE BEANS? Do these look like 40-bushel-per-acre soybeans to you? Taken three weeks after planting, yes, there are at least a couple of soybean plants within the hoop.
LOW POPULATION: The count in this part of the field was about 20,000 plants per acre. There were more weeds than soybeans. Note the greenish hue on the soil after 10 consecutive days of rain.
OPEN SEED SLOT: The planting trench didn’t close because soils were too heavy in some areas, leading to poor germination and emergence.
WEED PATCHES: The field was not dominated by weeds, even though it wasn’t sprayed on time. However, there were patches of marestail plants.
NOW YOU SEE THEM: Depending upon where you looked, you may or may not see soybeans. From the road, the field looked reasonably normal. Here in the heart of the field, there are obvious thin spots. The best part of the field is in the upper righthand corner of the photo.
LOTS OF PODS: Where there were plants, they had plenty of room to grow. Weeds wound up posing little problem, with mainly some weed skeletons and a few escapes left at harvest. Notice how much these plants have branched and how many pods there are per plant.
UGLY PICTURE: This is the aerial map of the field flown the same day the previous pictures of individual, bushy plants were taken. There was more gray than green in places.
BIG GAPS: The aerial map showed the bare spaces around these plants. However, the number of pods per plant offset the missing plants. The field yielded 40 bushels per acre, despite about three-fourths of it averaging perhaps 40,000 plants per acre — or less.