The fertile, irrigated river bottoms of southeastern Nebraska have blessed Greg Peters and his son, Chris, with big, beautiful soybean plants.
A little too big.
"The beans have a tendency to get really tall, with a lot of space in their internodes," Greg Peters says of his fields, near DeWitt, Neb. "In a windstorm, they're so tall or heavy with pods, they start leaning and tend to lodge really badly."
Two years ago, one of his 15-inch row soybean fields produced a towering 6-foot-tall stand. "You step out into a field like that and just disappear," Greg recalls. "You had ...