Good weather, new technology lead the way to another record year for soybean farmers

On this week's Ag Report on Greening of the Great Lakes, Mark Seamon, research director of the Michigan Soybean Association and Michigan Soybean Promotion Committee~The Soybean Checkoff, gives an update on this year's soybean harvest in Michigan.

"Michigan soybean farmers had a record year when it comes to yield," he says. "Some of this success was due to good weather throughout the soybean growing area. August is a critical time for soybean development, and our weather in August was just about perfect for soybeans, increasing the seed size and adding pods to the plants."

Seamon says USDA estimates that Michigan's average soybean yield in 2016 was 52 bushels per acre. That's well ahead of the old record, which was set just last year, of 49 bushels per acre. He notes that using new technology, growers are able to produce more soybeans while reducing their environmental impact.

"Everything from soil sampling, to GPS-driven equipment and advanced fertilizers, have all helped farmers increase their yields, and new research conducted by the Michigan Soybean Promotion Committee and Michigan State University helps farmers learn more about the latest practices," Seamon says.

You can hear this week's report here.​

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