By Claire Keyes
Progressive Farmer Contributing Editor
Mike Cerny is a bean counter. The southeast Wisconsin farmer used to plant soybeans at a rate of 180,000 seeds per acre in 15-inch rows. In 2013, he dropped his seeding rate to 165,000; in 2014, he trimmed it to 160,000 seeds per acre.
"Now I'm contemplating dropping a little more next year, as I have not seen any reduction in yield whatsoever. In fact, this year, I averaged 68.5 bushels per acre, my best yield ever," Cerny says. "With the improvements in soybean genetics and seed treatments, I'm finding that we can ...