Can Soybean Seedling Rates Be Reduced Without Affecting Yields in Louisiana

Dustin Harrell, Stapp, John, Talbot, Timothy, Board, James E.  |  9/23/2014 7:57:20 PM

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A major agronomic objective for commercial soybean production is to reduce the minimum plant population required for optimal yield (i.e., minimal optimal plant population). This has occurred because seed cost, once a minor production expense, has become a major cost, accounting for about 42 percent of direct operating costs for an average U.S. soybean grower (U.S. Soy Crop Statistics, 2011).
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