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New Information Sources for Soybean Producers

Soybean producers must constantly upgrade their resource toolbox with information about how to successfully produce a high-quality, saleable product. This necessarily involves successful scouting for issues and pests that will reduce yield and quality so that their negative effects can be/are minimized. Management or remediation of problems identified through correct scouting will result in the harvest of a high-quality product that will ensure that purchasers will continue to look to US soybean producers as the number one source for this commodity.

The Crop Protection Network (CPN), a multi-state and international consortium of public and private soybean specialists, has published a new web book titled Crop Scouting Basics for Corn and Soybean. This book contains chapters on: 1) Scouting Corn and Soybeans as Part of IPM, which includes sections on the basics of scouting and how to use information gained from scouting to make management decisions; 2) Know Your Field, which includes sections on corn and soybean growth stages, determining plant populations, and replant decisions; 3) Introduction to Insects, which includes sections on using scouting information with insect thresholds to manage both harmful and beneficial insects; 4) Plant Diseases, which includes sections on managing fungi and nematode pests; 5) Introduction to Weeds, which includes sections on weed scouting, thresholds, and management; and 6) Crop Disorders, which includes sections on scouting for and managing disorders not caused by pests.

Information in this web-based tool should be used to supplement information in the Mississippi Soybean Scouting Guide on this website.



University of Minnesota Extension has developed Soybean: Managing Foreign Material, which is a series of eight videos that provides basic information about how to minimize foreign material in harvested soybean seed. It is well known that excess foreign material–e.g. weed seed, seed of other crops, harvest trash–in harvested soybean seed can and will result in dockages at the elevator. This will also result in indirect negative consequences on exports to foreign customers. The eight videos in this series include sections on how pre-plant decisions, pre- and post-emergence weed control, pre-harvest preparations, and harvest and storage conditions can be managed to minimize foreign material in harvested soybean seed. As indicated in these videos, assurance of the harvest of a quality product starts at the beginning of the soybean growing season.

A White Paper on this website titled “Soybean Grade Requirements and Discount Schedules” can be accessed to learn about and see examples of how varying levels of foreign matter in harvested soybean seed will affect the net price that is received at the elevator.

Composed by Larry G. Heatherly, Jan. 2021,