Early soybean planting this spring could mean record yields come fall


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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