CropChatter: What should harvest-ready soybeans look like?

Deducing when soybeans are ready to harvest can be a tough task for the novice soybean grower.

“Driving by the field, you may think (the crop) is ready to harvest, but on closer inspection you may find plants that still look yellow to green instead of tan to brown,” Dennis Lange, a provincial crop production advisor at Altona, Man., wrote Tuesday on the Manitoba CropChatter site.

Apart from the visual cues Lange outlines in his CropChatter post, including photos, you’ll also want to check the crop’s moisture level once the combine pulls into the field, he notes. Click here to check out Lange’s post.

CropChatter is a forum where farmers and public and private agronomists can share the latest information on crop management in Manitoba. Producers are invited to submit questions to the site.

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