FARM BUSINESS NEWS
Betting on Shorter Beans
Emily Unglesbee DTN Staff Reporter
Mon Aug 25, 2014 01:02 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 ...

Quick View
Related News Stories
Farm Investors Welcome
Soil Health Values Explained
Hunting for Habitat
Nutrient Reductions Seen Slow
Interpretive Rule Seen as Invalid
DTN Ag Business Benchmark
Rents Resist Price Relief
Do a Yield Checkup
Interpretive Rule Seen as Invalid
Rediscovering Grain Sorghum