Early soybean planting this spring could mean record yields come fall

Soybeans

Wisconsin’s soybeans are about three weeks ahead of the game compared to last year’s crop due to early planting -- setting the stage for a possible record yield.

UW-Madison Prof. Paul Mitchell said the normal, average weather that’s good for crops this year seems exceptional after a couple years of wet weather that delayed farmers from planting soybeans. This year, farmers got their soybeans planted early. 

Soybeans are only about one week ahead of the five-year average, according to the USDA’s National Agricultural Statistics Service. But regardless of timing, good crop weather does...

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