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Soybean Production and Management Topics

The major objective of a crop production system is the interception, fixation, and storage of sunlight energy. There are many components of a system that will accomplish that objective. The most important are early planting, narrow rows, productive varieties that resist disease, the control of weeds, insects, and diseases that rob energy from the system, and providing soil nutrients in adequate amounts. Other inputs to the system must not limit energy fixation or slow the process. Following is a discussion of the effects, interactions and relationships of various inputs of an efficient soybean production system.

Variety Selection Late Planting 
Variety Performace Trials Row Spacing 
Disease Control Plant Population
Crop Rotation Replanting
Tillage Planting Depth
Producing Soybeans Without Tillage  Fertilization Recommendations
Rhizobium Inoculation Insect Contol 
Planting Date Weed Control 

Check out the Soybean & Small Grain Agronomy website=> Step Up Soybean

C.O.R.N. Newsletter Articles

  1. Don’t Miss Travis Faske’s Seminar on a Very Serious Pathogen of Soybean.

    Dr. Travis Faske, prestigious nematologist from University of Arkansas, will visit the Department of Plant Pathology at Ohio State University and give a seminar titled:

    “Root-Knot Nematodes in Soybean: New Challenges from Old Pests”

    Issue: 2023-07
  2. Author(s): Laura Lindsey

    Soybean plants have a remarkable ability to compensate for open spaces by developing axillary branches that set additional pods. Learn from our Science for Success team of Soybean Extension Specialists how to assess early season damage and make replanting decisions based on crop conditions and economic considerations so you can save your soybean season. Dr. Shawn Conley, Soybean and Small Grain Extension Specialist from the University of Wisconsin- Madison, will lead the discussion and panelists will include: Dr. Laura Lindsey (Ohio State University), Dr.

    Issue: 2023-06
  3. Author(s): Laura Lindsey , Author(s): Amanda Douridas, CCA , Author(s): Taylor Dill

    Due to popular demand, the AgCrops Team will host the 3rd annual virtual Corn College and Soybean School on February 10, 2023 from 9:00 AM – 4:00 PM featuring your OSU Extension state specialists and soil fertility guest speaker, Dr. Kurt Steinke, from Michigan State University. CCA CEUs will be available during the live presentations.

    Issue: 2023-02
  4. Author(s): Amanda Douridas, CCA , Author(s): Grant Davis, CCA

    If you want to up your soybean game, Madison and Champaign Counties are offering an in-person Soybean School where you can gain useful insight from university soybean specialists. They will share the latest research and provide a hands-on look at what may be impacting soybean yield.

    Topics and speakers include:

    Issue: 2023-02
  5. Author(s): Laura Lindsey , Author(s): Chia Lin , Author(s): Reed Johnson

    Soybean plants are self-pollinating and do not require insects for pollination. However, soybean fields can provide important floral resources for pollinators, and there is some evidence of pollination by bees improving soybean yield.

    Issue: 2022-42


  1. Managing Soybean Rust, Bulletin SR2008. Publication covers specifics of soybean rust identification and  management. General section of the publication cover the use of fungicide sin general for disease control including description of products and their activity, application information and modes of action.

  2. Profitable Soybean Cultural Practices, Bulletin 918. This bulletin focuses on management practices for Ohio soybean production. Suggestions on topics such as growth and development, crop rotation, tillage practices, planting varieties, nutrient management, pest and disease control, and the 13 steps to profitable soybean production are included in this guide.

  3. 06/2019

    Corn, Soybean, Wheat and Alfalfa Field Guide, Bulletin 827.Looking for a handy guide to take to the field to diagnosis various pest and production problems? This guide is the answer! You will want one of these guides in the truck and maybe a second in the tractor.

  4. 04/2017

    Ohio Agronomy Guide 15th Edition, Bulletin 472. The newly revised Ohio Agronomy Guide serves as the official compilation of adaptive results and recommendations from research and educational programs. Described in this manual is information on Ohio's climate and soil, soil and water management, soil fertility, and corn, small grain, and forage crop production and management. Also, seed evaluation and weed control for the previously listed crops are discussed.

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