Check out what Dr. Fred Below, Professor of Crop Physiology at the University of Illinois, has to say about soybean fertility in a LIFT Quick Listen:
“We are widely underfertilizing soybeans. When we fertilize that plant with phosphate, with starter phosphate or banded MAP products, we see anywhere from a 3 to 10 bushel increase in yield. This has been the biggest factor among the six secrets that have increased soybean yield in my state over the past 3 years. This is one of the reasons we need to rethink how we’re fertilizing soybeans.” – Dr. Below
Many people aren’t sure how to create a successful fertility program for their soybeans because options can vary so much between different soil types, even on the same farm. Using Redline®, a liquid phosphate starter fertilizer, or adding the chelating agent Levesol™ to their 10-34-0, helps soybeans gain access to phosphorus early on in their growth cycle. That early access to phosphorus results in better crop emergence, healthy root growth and faster maturity, resulting in better yields.
We need to rethink how we fertilize soybeans. By making an extra effort on the front end, right when we begin planting, growers can reap the benefits come harvest time with increased yields and return on their investment.