Shatter-Prone Soybeans
Emily Unglesbee DTN Staff Reporter
Thu Oct 23, 2014 11:01 AM CDT

ST. LOUIS (DTN) -- Pete Bardole's soybean fields are talking to him, and the central Iowa farmer doesn't like what he's hearing.

"You can just stand there and listen, and you can hear the beans popping across the field," he said. "And that's never a good sound."

Bardole's no-till corn and soybean operation near Jefferson, Iowa, has seen about 15 inches of rain since the first of September, he told DTN. After the latest 1.5- to 2-inch rainfall last week, his soybeans began to voice their displeasure.

"They've just been wet and dry so much, the pods are opening up," ...

Quick View
  • Dealing with Diplodia After the latest spate of wet, cool weather in parts of the Midwest, plant pathologists are urgin...
  • Year-Round Cow Kelly Smith believes fetal programming through good nutrition for dams yields better steers and h...
  • Russ' Vintage Iron DTN staff reporter Russ Quinn takes a look at farm life nearly a century ago.
  • Cash Will Be King Years of $6-and-up corn couldn't last forever. Some proactive grain farmers are bolstering their ...
  • CWA Rule Pressure The Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection has asked the federal EPA to withdraw the...
  • COOL Appeal Likely in 2015 Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack said the U.S. might not file an appeal of the country-of-origin...
  • Ask the Taxman by Andy Biebl Readers ask if they can offset futures losses against cattle income, roll hedges forward tax-free...
  • Ranch Hands Two families take different approaches to building income from trail rides, roundups and real-lif...
  • Ask the Vet Why isn't my flea and tick control for dogs working?
Related News Stories
To Catch a (Silent) Thief
Exporters Report Soybean Sale
USDA: 532 TMT Soybeans to China
Enlist Duo Approved
DTN Distillers Grain Weekly Update
Brazil Forecasts Record Soy Crop
Brazil Crop Outlook - 2
Newsom on the Market
Bringing Up Beans
High-Oleic Hopes