Harvest is quickly winding down across Nebraska. Nearly all soybean acres have been picked and a large portion of corn is done. Yields, for the most part, are better than expected. Test weights are higher for the most part. In a year like this, a grower can really see the value of purchasing good seed and not going with whatever is cheapest. I’m pleased to report that Latham is on the upper tier of test weights, standability and plant health!
Latham’s soybean lineup really did well across the board this season, holding on through the drought and not aborting pods. I picked a field of Latham® L3148R2’s under irrigation near Herman, Nebraska that went 79 across a 110 acre field. Latham® 2983R2’s did very well on flooded ground; they handled the tough soil, and regularly out-yielded the some top numbers.
One thing to consider during fall is weed control. There are a lot of late-season weeds starting to come up with warm weather, and this translates to additional weed pressure next year. If a grower can put on a herbicide with residual control, I would strongly recommend it. Because our soils are dry and cloddy for the most part, a residual-type herbicide may not be as beneficial as it normally would. That’s why I’ve been recommending a good rate of Roundup or 2-4D for quick burndown. In my travels, I’ve seen quite a few weed types still hanging in there. I’ve seen an above-average increase in kochia and nightshade, as well.