The Art of Planting - 7
Tue Mar 3, 2015 07:35 AM CST

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 ...

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