I wanted to show a little bit about the difference soybean categories make in yield. I took two pictures tonight of one of my food plots I planted on my farm in Wisconsin. You can kind of make out that my plot is divided in two (left and right) with the soybeans planted on the left being category 2.2 beans and the right are category 1.1 beans. We have not had perfect growing conditions here with some drought. You can see the beans on the left are a little taller and both are starting to yellow now. But when you look at the two plants pulled at random, you can see the yield difference. The 2.2 beans are averaging over 150 pods per plant while the 1.1 beans are just breaking 100 pods. That’s 50% more beans with the 2.2 beans. That means, it would take more acres on a food plot to get the same potential grain tonnage if you didn’t go with a bean with the highest yield for your area.
Also, on my farm in Iowa I can plant category 3 beans which have even higher yields. I think this spring I will write an article about this!