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Betting on Shorter Beans
Emily Unglesbee DTN Staff Reporter
Wed Aug 13, 2014 02:56 PM CDT

ST. LOUIS (DTN) -- Year after year, the fertile, irrigated river bottoms of southeastern Nebraska have blessed Greg Peters with big, beautiful soybean plants.

A little too big, in fact.

"The beans have a tendency to get really tall, with a lot of space in their internodes," the DeWitt, Neb., farmer and chairman of the Nebraska Soybean Board of Directors told DTN. "In a windstorm, they're so tall or heavy with pods, they start leaning and tend to lodge really badly."

Just a couple years ago, one of Peters' fields spawned towering, 6-foot-tall beans in 15-inch rows. "You step out ...

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